YYZ, LLC v. Pegasystems, Inc., C.A. No. 13-581 - SLR, May 2, 2016.
Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion for attorneys’ fees is denied.
Defendant claims this is an exceptional case and seeks attorney fees pursuant to section 285 because it allegedly knew its claims were objectively invalid over the prior art. The court disagrees. Defendant relies on arguments presented in its summary judgment briefing, and the court expended considerable effort in reaching its invalidity determination. Defendant’s characterization of plaintiff’s arguments as “reckless” contradicts the court’s position that the section 101 analysis is an evolving state of the law and a difficult exercise which does not lend itself to shifting fees.