Trading Technologies, Inc. v. BGC Partners, Inc., No. 10 C 715, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Feb.3, 2011) (Kendall, J.).*
Judge Kendall consolidated plaintiff Trading Technologies’ ("TT") patent infringement cases that were filed in 2010 – Judge Coleman previously denied TT’s motions to consolidate the cases filed in 2005 with those filed in 2010. The Court held that the 2010 cases were sufficiently related pursuant to Local Rule 40.1. While the products were not identical and the asserted patents were not identical for each defendant, the accused products were similar and were all accused of infringing one or more of three of TT’s patent families. Additionally, consolidation would conserve substantial time and effort without causing delay.
The Court also ordered the parties to file a summary of all pending motions and discovery status.
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