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Acceleration Bay LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc.

United States District Court for the District of Delaware

August 28, 2018, Decided; August 29, 2018, Filed

Civil Action No. 16-453-RGA; Civil Action No. 16-454-RGA; Civil Action No. 16-455-RGA

Opinion

 [*475]  Memorandum Opinion

August 28, 2018

/s/ Andrews

ANDREWS, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE:

Presently before the Court are Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment of Infringement and Validity and Motion to Exclude Expert Testimony of Catharine M. Lawton (No. 16-453, [**2]  D.I. 439; D.I. 16-454, D.I. 388; D.I. 16-455, D.I. 386)1 and related briefing (D.I. 448, 474, 503); Plaintiff's Motion to Correct Claim 19 of the '634 patent (D.I. 438) and related briefing (D.I. 438, 472, 473); Defendant Activision Blizzard Inc.'s ("Activision") Motion for Summary Judgment (D.I. 440) and related briefing (D.I. 442, 475, 505); and Activision's Motion to Exclude Expert Opinions of Dr. Nenad Medvidovic, Dr. Michael Mitzenmacher, Dr. Christine Meyer, Dr. Harry Bims, and Dr. Ricardo Valerdi (D.I. 441) and related briefing (D.I. 442, 475, 505). I held oral argument on May 17, 2018. (D.I. 560 ("Tr.")). At that time, I ordered additional briefing and letter briefing, which the parties completed on June 6, 2018. (D.I. 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 570, 572).

For the reasons that follow, the Court will DENY Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment of Infringement and Validity and Motion to Exclude Expert Testimony of Catharine M. Lawton (D.I. 439); DENY Plaintiff's Motion to Correct Claim 19 of the '634 patent (DI 438); GRANT Activision's Motion for Summary Judgment (D.I. 440), as to the invalidity of all asserted claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,829,634 and claims 11, 15, and 16 of U.S. Patent No. 6,732,147, and as to non-infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,701,344, 6,714,966, and  [*476]  6,920,497, limited [**3]  to the accused CoD and Destiny games, and otherwise DENY that Motion; and GRANT in part and DENY in part Activision's Motion to Exclude Expert Opinions of Dr. Nenad Medvidovic, Dr. Michael Mitzenmacher, Dr. Christine Meyer, Dr. Harry Bims, and Dr. Ricardo Valerdi (D.I. 441).

I. BACKGROUND

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324 F. Supp. 3d 470 *; 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146692 **; 2018 WL 4109231

ACCELERATION BAY LLC, Plaintiff, v. ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC., Defendant.ACCELERATION BAY LLC, Plaintiff, v. ELECTRONIC ARTS INC., Defendant.ACCELERATION BAY LLC, Plaintiff, v. TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC., ROCKSTAR GAMES, INC., AND 2K SPORTS, INC., Defendants.

Prior History: Acceleration Bay LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29260 (D. Del., Feb. 27, 2017)

CORE TERMS

infringement, network, patent, software, royalty, customers, license, negotiation, hypothetical, medium, readable, invalid, reliability, broadcast, invention, install, non-routing, carrier, lump, non-infringement, processors, channel, multiplayer, genuine, user, scientific, portal, waves, qualification, comprising

Civil Procedure, Summary Judgment, Entitlement as Matter of Law, Appropriateness, Burdens of Proof, Movant Persuasion & Proof, Genuine Disputes, Legal Entitlement, Evidence, Types of Evidence, Testimony, Expert Witnesses, Admissibility, Expert Witnesses, Daubert Standard, Qualifications, Helpfulness, Procedural Matters, Rulings on Evidence, Patent Law, Specifications, Enablement Requirement, Common Principles & Prior Art, Nonobviousness, Elements & Tests, Prior Art, Anticipation & Novelty, Elements, Description in Publications, Infringement Actions, Claim Interpretation, Fact & Law Issues, Business & Corporate Compliance, Patent Law, Infringing Acts, Computer & Internet Law, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Protection, Subject Matter, Claim Differentiation, Infringing Acts, Offers to Sell & Sales, Business & Corporate Law, Agency Relationships, Duties & Liabilities, Use, Judgments, Evidentiary Considerations, Utility Patents, Process Patents, Subject Matter, Utility Patents, Scope of Claim, Process Patents, Damages, Patentholder Losses, Reasonable Royalties