Sometimes, aggressive litigation against patent trolls pays off. In December 2013, startup FindtheBest defeated non-practicing entity Lumen View Entertainment in court, ruling that the latter’s patent infringement suit was invalid. And now, the good news keeps coming for FindtheBest: Lumen View will also have to pay the company’s legal fees for the case.
On May 30, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Lumen View will pay FindtheBest’s legal fees for the case, which the company said reached $200,000. In the ruling, District Court Judge Denise Cote called the case a “prototypical exceptional case.” She also claimed, “fee shifting in this case will serve as an instrument of justice.”