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DermaFocus LLC v. Ulthera Inc.

United States District Court, D. Delaware

June 7, 2018

DERMAFOCUS LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
ULTHERA, INC., Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM ORDER

          SHERRY R. FALLON UNITED SPATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         At Wilmington this 7th day of June 2018, the court having considered the Motion to Lift Stay, filed by DermaFocus LLC ("DermaFocus") (D.I. 48), IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT DermaFocus' Motion to Lift Stay is DENIED for the reasons set forth below:

         1. Background.

         On July 29, 2015, DermaFocus filed this suit against Ulthera, Inc. ("Ulthera") alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6, 113, 559 ("the '559 Patent"), entitled "Method and Apparatus for Therapeutic Treatment of Skin Without Ultrasound." (D.I. 11 at ¶ 1)

         2. On July 19, 2016 Ulthera filed a petition for inter partes review ("IPR") with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") regarding all claims of the '559 Patent. (D.I. 36 at 1)

         3. On November 11, 2016, while the IPR petition was pending, DermaFocus and Ulthera entered into a stipulation to stay the instant litigation until the PTAB's final resolution of the IPR proceedings. (D.I. 36)

         4. The PTAB instituted IPR proceedings on January 23, 2017 for claims one through four, six through nine, and eleven through eighteen of the '559 patent. (D.I. 49, Ex. 5 at 2) The PTAB did not institute IPR proceedings with respect to claims 5 and 10 of the '559 patent. (Id. at 12, 17-18)

         5. On January 19, 2018, the PTAB issued its final decision, concluding that Ulthera did not show any of the challenged claims were unpatentable. (D.I. 49, Ex. 1 at 1, 37) Ulthera appealed the PTAB's decision to the Federal Circuit. (D.I. 50, Ex. 1)

         6. On February 16, 2018, DermaFocus moved to lift the stay in accordance with the terms of the November 11, 2016 stipulation. (D.I. 48) Ulthera opposed the motion to lift the stay and requested a continuation of the stay until resolution of the appeal before the Federal Circuit. (D.I. 50)

         7. Following the filing of the motion to lift the stay, on April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, which held that the PTAB must issue a final written decision addressing every patent claim challenged in an IPR petition. 138 S.Ct. 1348 (2018).

         8. As a result of the Supreme Court's decision, Ulthera filed a motion before the Federal Circuit requesting remand of Ulthera's appeal to the PTAB for issuance of a final decision regarding the patentability of claims 5 and 10. (D.I. 53 at 1)

         9. On May 25, 2018, the Federal Circuit granted Ulthera's motion and "directed [the PTAB] to promptly issue a final decision as to all claims challenged by Ulthera in its petition." (D.I. 52, Ex. 1 at 3)

         10. Legal Standard.

         The court has inherent, discretionary authority to grant a motion to stay, and may lift the stay if circumstances warranting the entry of a stay in the first instance have changed. Elm 3DS Innovations LLC v. Samsung Elecs. Co., C.A. No. 14-1430-LPS-CJB, C.A. No. 14-1431-LPS-CJB, 2018 WL 1061370, at *1 (D. Del. Feb. 26, 2018) (citing Cost Bros., Inc. v. Travelers Indem. Co.,760 F.2d 58, 60-61 (3d Cir. 1985); Princeton Dig. Image Corp. v. Konami Dig. Entm't Inc, 12-1461-LPS-CJB, 2015 WL 219019, at *2 (D. Del. Jan. 14, 2015)). Courts within this district generally use three factors in determining whether to lift stay: "(1) whether granting the stay will simplify the issues for trial; (2) the status of litigation, particularly whether discovery is complete and a trial date has been set; and (3) whether a stay would cause the non-movant to suffer undue prejudice from any delay, or allow the movant to gain a clear tactical advantage." Id ...


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