Rowe Int’l. Corp. v. Ecast, Inc., No. 06 C 2708, 2008 WL 4133516 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 25, 2008) (Kennelly, J.)
Judge Kennelly granted in part plaintiff’s patent infringement summary judgment motion and denied defendants’ noninfringement summary judgment motion.* Of particular interest, the Court held that defendant Ecast could directly infringe the patents in suit, despite the fact that it did not make or assemble all components of the system – Ecast contributed the memory and the network, while the other defendants supplied the jukebox components. But the Court held that Ecast could directly infringe the patent for at least two reasons. First, Ecast produced promotional and technical materials advertising complete jukebox systems. Second, the evidence showed that Ecast directed and controlled the other defendants’ production of computer jukeboxes specifically designed to work with Ecast’s system.
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