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Chicago IP Litigation Tracking Northern District of Illinois IP Cases

Customer Suit Exception Stays Claims

Posted in Local Rules

Micro Enhanced Tech. Inc. v. Videx, Inc., No. 11 C 5506, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Aug. 16, 2012) (Dow, J.).

Judge Dow granted the customer defendants’ motion to sever and stay plaintiff MET’s claims against them based upon the customer suit exception in this patent infringement case involving MET’s Cyberlock technology.  MET’s claims against Verizon and ITC were exclusively based upon defendant Videx’s accused product.  The claims against Verizon and ITC were, therefore, peripheral to the claims against Videx.  Furthermore, no discovery had been conducted and little judicial efforts expended.