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Mondis Tech., Ltd. v. LG Elecs., Inc.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division

May 4, 2011, Decided; May 4, 2011, Filed

CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:07-CV-565-TJW-CE; CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:08-CV-478-TJW

Opinion

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Before the Court is Defendants' Motion to Compel Discovery. (Case No. 2:08-CV-478-TJW, Dkt. No. 150.) For the following reasons, the Court GRANTS-in-part and DENIES-in-part Defendants' Motion to Compel Discovery.

I. Background

Mondis Technology, Ltd. ("Mondis") filed a complaint for patent infringement on December 31, 2007 against defendants LG Electronics Inc. and LG Electronics, USA, Inc. (collectively "LG"), Chimei InnoLux Corp. and InnoLux Corp. (collectively "InnoLux Corp."), and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. ("Hon Hai"). Mondis's claims against LG were dismissed due to settlement, so the only claims left are claims for patent infringement against InnoLux and Hon Hai. Mondis asserts ten patents in the case, and the patents are divided into two families: (1) the '812 Patent family 1 and (2) the "090 Patent family. 2 The accused products are computer monitors and televisions made by Innolux and Hon Hai. Mondis filed a second  [*11] complaint for patent infringement on December 23, 3008 against defendants Top Victory Electronics (Taiwan) Co. Ltd., TPV Int'l (USA), Inc., Envision Peripherals, Inc., Top Victory Electronics (Fujian) Co. Ltd., and TPV Electronics (Fujian) Co. Ltd. (collectively, "TPV"). Due to a prior license between TPV and Mondis's predecessor in interest, the only remaining claims against TPV are for TPV's television products, and the only asserted patents are from the "090 Patent family.

The two cases above were consolidated by this Court on April 21, 2011. (Case No. 2:07-CV-565-TJW-CE, Dkt. No. 379.) The motion to compel that is the subject of this Memorandum Opinion and Order, however, was filed by TPV, before the cases were consolidated, in Case No. 2:08-CV-478-TJW. (Case No. 2:08-CV-478-TJW, Dkt. No. 150.)

II. Legal Standard

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2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47807 *

MONDIS TECHNOLOGY, LTD., Plaintiff, v. LG ELECTRONICS, INC., ET AL, DefendantsMONDIS TECHNOLOGY, LTD., Plaintiff v. TOP VICTORY ELECTRONICS (TAIWAN) CO. LTD., Defendant

Subsequent History: Motion granted by Mondis Tech. v. Lg Elecs., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48376 (E.D. Tex., May 5, 2011)

Prior History: Mondis Tech., Ltd. v. Hon Hai Precision Indus. Co. Ltds., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7140 (E.D. Tex., Jan. 24, 2011)

CORE TERMS

documents, patents, licensing, communications, negotiations, work product protection, patents-in-suit, discovery, redactions, Binder, argues, attorney-client, parties, settlement negotiations, potential investor, legal interest, patent office, in camera, disclosure, motion to compel, common interest, Memorandum, settlement, motion to compel discovery, unconsummated, ongoing, advice, waived