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Fleming v. Escort, Inc.

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

October 30, 2013

HOYT A. FLEMING, Plaintiff,
v.
ESCORT, INC., et al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER INTRODUCTION

B. LYNN WINMILL, Chief District Judge.

The Court has before it Fleming's motion to vacate the claim construction hearing set for November 8, 2013. The motion is fully briefed and at issue. For the reasons explained below, the Court will grant the motion.

ANALYSIS

The Court's Local Patent Rule 4.6 gives the Court discretion in deciding whether to hold a hearing before construing claims. In this case, the Court is well-familiar with the technology, having already conducted a trial on two of the three patents at issue here. While Escort argues that a hearing would help the Court understand how Fleming narrowed his patent language during the prosecution of his patents, the Court finds that these issues can be resolved on the briefs and supporting materials that have been submitted by the parties. Accordingly, the Court will grant the motion.

ORDER

In accordance with the Memorandum Decision set forth above,

NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that the motion to vacate Markman hearing (docket no. 78) is GRANTED and the hearing set for November 8, 2013, is VACATED. The Court will construe the patents on the basis of the written submissions already filed.


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