Indianapolis, IN – The Southern District of Indiana has lifted a stay on a patent infringement case against Google and allowed the plaintiff, One Number Corp. Motion to amend its complaint. Patent attorneys for One Number Corp. of Anderson, Indiana had filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Google of Mountain View, California infringed patent no. 7,680,256 and 8,107,603, CONTACT NUMBER ENCAPSULATION SYSTEM, which has been issued by the US Patent Office.
The litigation was stayed while the US Patent Office re-examined the patents at issue. One Number had motioned the court to remove the stay because a substantial portion of the re-examination process has concluded. Google opposed lifting the stay because there was chance that the Federal Circuit Court would reverse the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences’ conclusions. The court concluded that the stay should be lifted and granted One Number’s motion to amend their compliant. The parties were ordered to submit a case management plan within 14 days.
Practice Tip: It is common for patent infringement litigation to be stayed when the US Patent Office is re-examining the patent, although the district court is not required to stay the litigation. Each claim of a patent is presumed to be valid and enforceable, even if the patent is being re-examined. The US Patent Office offers this FAQ sheet that explains the re-examination process.