Feb. 26: Supreme Court Series – Octane Fitness v. Icon Health and Fitness

 

February 26, 2014 | Lecture 4:14-5:45
Room 603 | American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court Series, a panel of counsel for amici and parties will discuss the case on the afternoon following oral argument before the Court.  On February 26, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in two patent cases, Octane Fitness v. ICON Health & Fitness and Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Management Systems, Inc.

In these two cases, the Supreme Court will examine the “exceptional case” standard for awarding attorney’s fees in patent cases, as well as the appropriate appellate standard of review for exceptional-case findings.  These cases are part of a larger debate occurring in both the courts and Congress over the role that “fee-shifting” should play in balancing the incentives between rights holders (including non-practicing entities) and alleged infringers.

Panel:

  • Steven Holtshouser, Harness Dickey, Counsel of Record for Petitioner, Octane Fitness, LLC
  • Ryan Morris, Sidley Austin LLP, Counsel for Respondent, ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
  • Don Dunner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Counsel of Record for Respondent, Allcare Health Management Systems, Inc.
  • Brian Pandya, Wiley Rein LLP, Counsel of Record for Amici, Blue Cross Blue Shield, in support of Petitioner, Highmark Inc.

Moderated by: Prof. Jonas Anderson, American University Washington College of Law

Update:

Decision: April 29, 2014
Argument: Transcript; Audio

Briefs:

Brief of petitioner Octane Fitness, LLC
Brief of respondent Icon Health and Fitness, Inc.
Reply of petitioner Octane Fitness, LLC

Amicus Briefs:

Brief amici curiae of Professor Robin Feldman, et al.
Brief amicus curiae of BSA – The Software Alliance
Brief amicus curiae of American Intellectual Property Law Association in support of neither party filed
Brief amicus curiae of Apple Inc.
Brief amici curiae of Yahoo! Inc., et al.
Brief amici curiae of Google Inc., et al.
Brief amici curie of Electronic Frontier Foundation, et al.
Brief amicus curiae of Food Marketing Institute
Brief amicus curiae of Intellectual Property Owners Association
Brief amicus curiae of Computer & Communications Industry Association, et al.
Brief amici curiae of Vermont, et al.
Brief amicus curiae of Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago in support of neither party filed
Brief amicus curiae of United States
Brief amicus curiae 3M Co., et al.
Brief amicus curiae of New York Intellectual Property Law Association in support of neither party filed

SCOTUSblog Entry: Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health and Fitness, Inc.