Animatics v. Quicksilver Controls

Animatics Corp. v. Quicksilver Controls, Inc. and Donald P. Labriola II (Fed. Cir. June 8, 2004) (nonprecedential opinion)

After a hung jury could not decide the issue of infringement, the judge granted a JMOL of infringement as to some claims and noninfringement/invalidity as to others. The Federal Circuit affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded for further findings.

We agree with Quicksilver’s contention that the district court’s reliance on claim differentiation was legal error. Claim differentiation is a judicial doctrine that cannot be used to override statute.