NEW YORK, September 30, 2009 -- On Thursday, September 24th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed Firm client Kara Technology a victory in its patent and contract dispute with defendant Stamps.com.
Stemming from confidential meetings that took place back in May, 2000, Kara alleges that Stamps.com breached a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and infringes two of its patents covering Stamps.com’s Netstamps internet postage feature. The trial court had dismissed Kara’s breach of contract claim on summary judgment, construed the claims of the patents narrowly, and after a three week trial in June, 2008, entered the jury’s verdict of non-infringement of the Kara patents.
The appeals court, however, reversed, finding that the trial court had improperly granted summary judgment and improperly construed the patents’ claims. The appeals court therefore vacated the judgment of non-infringement, and ordered a new trial on Kara’s counts of breach of contract and patent infringement, under the correct, broader claim construction.
Baker Botts represented Kara Technology in this case, with Robert Scheinfeld and Eliot Williams as the lead partners.
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