Freeman Equip., Inc. v. Caterpillar, Inc., No. 16 C 9172, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 13, 2017) (Bucklo, J.).

Judge Bucklo denied defendant Caterpillar’s motion to disqualify plaintiff Freeman Equipment’s (“Freeman”) counsel in this patent case involving final drive guard assemblies.

Caterpillar sought disqualification for two reasons: 1) counsel’s allegedly improper interview of a

Republic Techs. (NA), LLC v. BBK Tobacco & Foods, LLC d/b/a HBI Int’l., No. 16 C 3401, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Jul. 7, 2016) (Bucklo, J.).

Judge Bucklo granted declaratory judgment defendant HBI’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ (collectively “Republic Tobacco”) complaint without prejudice to replead, if possible, in this trademark

Gaither Tool Co. v. Summit Tool Co., No. 01 C 4096, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sep. 5, 2012) (Bucklo, J.).

Judge Bucklo granted plaintiff Gaither Tool’s motion to enforce the parties’ Consent Order which required that defendant Summit Tool not use the trademark BEAD KEEPER.  Summit Tool acknowledged use of the mark, but argued

Judge Bucklo denied defendant Life+Gear’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(2) and (3) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue in this patent dispute. While Life+Gear did not have Illinois offices, it did have an interactive website and at least one Illinois sale. Life+Gear also sold product to two distributors that sold that product in Illinois and Life+Gear was reasonably aware of those channels of sale.
Venue was proper because venue in a patent case exists wherever there is personal jurisdiction.

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