Issue:  Intellectual Property
Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

RLC's Position:
The RLC submitted a brief asking the Federal Circuit to close the joinder loophole in patent litigation that allows non-practicing entities (NPEs) to join retailers as defendants in alleged patent infringement cases.  Abusive patent litigation is a growing problem for the retail industry. 

Case Outcome: 
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted Nintendo’s petition for writ of mandamus to sever the claims brought by a non-practicing entity that joins retailers in a patent infringement case. In relevant part, the Federal Circuit found that retailers would not offer much evidence regarding the case and that “the manufacturer is the ‘true defendant.’” The court vacated the trial court’s decision and remanded the case. On remand, the Eastern District Court of Texas granted the motion to sever and transfer the claims against Nintendo and to stay the claims against the retailer defendants.

Procedural History and Case Documents:

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