Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Word to Info Inc, Plaintiff, represented by Bryan D. Atkinson , FARNEY DANIELS, PC, pro hac vice.
Word to Info Inc, Plaintiff, represented by Steven R. Daniels , FARNEY DANIELS P.C., pro hac vice & Al Van Kampen , VAN KAMPEN & CROWE, PLLC.
Microsoft Corporation, Defendant, represented by Jenny C. Wu , PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON, pro hac vice, Nicholas Groombridge , PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON, pro hac vice, Patricia A. Eakes , CALFO EAKES & OSTROVSKY PLLC, Andrea Delgadillo Ostrovsky , CALFO EAKES & OSTROVSKY PLLC & David E. Killough , MICROSOFT CORP.
ORDER STAYING CASE
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ, Chief District Judge.
On July 12, 2017, the parties filed their Joint Status Report ("JSR") in this matter. Dkt. #29. In that JSR, the parties alerted the Court that this patent infringement case involves seven patents-in-suit that relate to natural language processing, which patents-in-suit are also the subject of litigation with other defendants in several other Districts. Id. One such litigation is currently on appeal in the Federal Circuit (the Facebook appeal). That appeal involves the construction of two patent claims that will also need to be construed in the litigation in this Court. Id.
On August 9, 2017, the Court held a telephonic status conference to address the scheduling of a trial date in this matter. Having listened to the parties' arguments, and having reviewed the JSR, the Court now hereby finds and ORDERS:
1. The Clerk shall enter a STAY in this matter pending the outcome of Word to Info, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc., Case No. 2017-1431 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 16, 2016) (the Facebook appeal). The Court agrees with Defendant that this stay, which is expected to be short in duration, will result in more efficient litigation in this Court, and will not prejudice Plaintiff at this time.
2. The parties shall promptly notify the Court when the Facebook appeal has concluded through the filing of a Joint Status Report setting forth new proposals based on the results of that litigation.
3. If the Facebook appeal has not been resolved as of February 9, 2018, the parties shall submit a Joint Status Report at that time indicating the status of the appeal and their positions on whether a stay should continue.