October 12, 2015

Workman Nydegger Represents HotlinkHR in Patent Infringement Victory

By: Paige White

Workman Nydegger recently concluded a successful representation of compliance software company HotlinkHR, Inc. (“HotlinkHR”) in a patent infringement case filed by Employment Law Compliance, Inc. (“ELC”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  ELC asserted HotlinkHR infringed U.S. Patent No. 7,330,817 through the sale of its products.  HotlinkHR retained Workman Nydegger to represent it in the litigation.

In January 2015, in parallel with the litigation, Workman Nydegger filed a petition for inter partes review with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) challenging the patentability of claims 1-20, 74-80, and 89-94 of the ’817 patent.  Three weeks after the filing, ELC admitted defeat, requesting adverse judgment of each of the challenged claims.  As a result, on February 2, 2015 the PTAB cancelled each of the challenged claims and in September 2015 ELC stipulated to a dismissal of its claims in the litigation.  Workman Nydegger attorney David Johnson explained: “We are pleased to have been able to bring a quick resolution to what may otherwise have been a lengthy court battle.”

Founded over 30 years ago, Workman Nydegger specializes in intellectual property (IP) law and complex litigation.  The firm represents a wide array of clients in all areas of intellectual property law and complex litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, litigation and prosecution, unfair competition and related licensing matters, and ANDA litigation, and possesses expertise in a diverse range of technologies, including computer systems, software, e-commerce and information technology; electronics and electrical engineering; pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and medical and life science technologies; physics and optics; mechanics and mechanical engineering and alternative energy.