Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc.

Fitzpatrick Case Update
April 29, 2014

On April 29, 2014, the United States Supreme Court lowered the bar for prevailing litigants in certain patent suits to seek attorneys’ fees, reversing a Federal Circuit panel decision to hold that the Federal Circuit’s traditional framework for assessing “exceptional cases” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 is unduly rigid and impermissibly encumbers the discretion of district courts. Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., No. 12-1184 (Apr. 29, 2014). The Court also held that an appellate court should review all aspects of a district court’s exceptional case determination for abuse of discretion. Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc., No. 12-1163 (Apr. 29, 2014).

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