R. David Donoghue

R. David Donoghue is a patent trial attorney and partner with Holland & Knight’s Intellectual Property Group in Chicago. A trusted counselor to his retail and supply chain clients, Dave routinely speaks to groups of all sizes on an array of intellectual property topics. Chicago IP Litigation was created to help businesses understand their intellectual property rights and how to drive their cases to positive resolution.

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Spring came in like a lamb in the NPE world. NPE activity was light in April.* Frequent filers included Adaptive Avenue Associates, Advanced Transactions, Communication Interface Technologies, Innovaport, Linfo IP, and SITO Mobile R&D IP.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation
Continue Reading APRIL 2023 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

NPE activity was light in March.* Frequent filers included Advanced Transactions, Locket IP, Rothschild, and Tron Holdings.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally, please let me know if you have thoughts about the report or changes you would like
Continue Reading MARCH 2023 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

NPE activity was very light in February.* Frequent filers included AuthWallet, Cedar Lane Technologies, and Dynapass IP Holdings.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally, please let me know if you have thoughts about the report or changes you would
Continue Reading FEBRUARY 2023 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

The NPEs came back from their holidays with increased filings.* Frequent filers included AML IP, Cedar Lane Technologies, Communication Interface Technologies, Innovaport, Lockport, IP, Recog IP, Ridgeview IP, S3G Technology, and Sockeye Licensing.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally,
Continue Reading JANUARY 2023 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

NPE activity was above the norm for year-end.* Frequent filers included Ameranth, AML, Cedar Lane Technologies, Consolidated Transaction Processing, Linfo IP, Locket IP, Nimitz Technologies, R2 Solutions, Recog IP, and Sunflower Licensing.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally, please
Continue Reading DECEMBER 2022 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

NPE activity eased slightly in November, as it usually does toward year end and the holidays.* Frequent filers included Cedar Lane, Digi Portal, Implicit, Noblewood IP, Optinetix, Savannah Licensing, and Tron Holdings.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally, please
Continue Reading NOVEMBER 2022 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

October was fairly busy. Frequent fliers included Advanced Transactions, Aeritas, AML IP, Bassfield IP, Communication Interface Technologies, Digi Portal, Noblewood IP, and Ridgeview IP.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally, please let me know if you have thoughts about
Continue Reading OCTOBER 2022 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

NPE activity ramped back up in September, as it often does as summer ends and kids go back to school.* Frequent filers included Advanced Transactions, Aeritas, Cedar Lane, Gratuity Solutions, Lexos Media, Optinetix, Push Data, S3G Technology, and Traxcell.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or
Continue Reading SEPTEMBER 2022 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for a full-time United States Magistrate Judge position in the Eastern Division, with the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse at Chicago, Illinois as the duty station.

To qualified, an applicant must:

  • be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period


Continue Reading United States District Court, Northern Illinois – United States Magistrate Judge Vacancy Announcement

On January 31, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will host the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Magistrate Judge History Project.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Courthouse, Courtroom 1743, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago.  A reception will immediately follow.

If you plan to attend, please reply by January 15, 2024 to: https://forms.office.com/g/UmQaJcRXjz

Click here for a copy of the Magistrate Judge History Project Invitation.
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NPE activity saw an uncharacteristic increase in August,* a month that is usually sleepy presumably as people take family vacations and enjoy the summer. Frequent filers included AuthWallet, Bassfield IP, Cedar Lane Technologies, eCeipt, Innovaport, Lexos IP, Locket IP, Mallard IP, and Tranquility IP. 

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a
Continue Reading AUGUST 2022 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

NPE activity quieted in July after a busy June.* Frequent filers included Advanced Transactions, Cedar Lane Technologies, M4siz, Noblewood IP, Savannah Licensing, and Sunflower Licensing.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular plaintiff’s litigation history. Finally, please let me know if you have thoughts
Continue Reading JULY 2022 RETAIL PATENT LITIGATION REPORT

The Seventh Circuit along with Seventh and Eighth Circuits’ district courts are hosting the Fourth Annual Bill of Rights Day Contest. 

The Contest is open to all students in middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Students are encouraged to submit art (visual art, poem, song, video, drawings and paintings) and essays on the Importance of the Bill of Rights.

Finalists from each grade level will receive a $50 prize and advance to the finals.  Grand prize winners will be awarded a $500 cash
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The Northern District has implemented a great addition to the ECF system. In cases with a referral, typically to a magistrate judge, filers will now have to select which judge a motion should be directed toward. Practically, this is a great addition because in limited instances motions were routed incorrectly and could end up in limbo.

Here are the images from the Clerk:
Continue Reading New ECF Filing Requirements in Referral Cases

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (“IPLAC”) is hosting a panel discussion focusing on the complexities and nuances of trade secrets damages.  The panel is moderated by Timothy Oliver, Grogan, Hesse & Uditsky.  Panel members include:

  • John Bone, CPA, Managing Director, Stout; and
  • David Duski, Principal, Charles River Associates

The virtual event is free for IPLAC Members and $15.00 for Non-Members.  Click here to register. 
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Congratulations to Judge Feinerman who has decided to retire from the federal bench and return to private practice at the end of the year. His thoughtful analysis, kind demeanor and thorough, well-reasoned opinions will be missed.
Judge Feinerman’s move will create a third vacancy on the Northern District of Illinois bench. The others were created when Judge Norgle took inactive senior status in October and when Judge Dow left the bench to become counselor to Chief Justice Roberts.
Continue Reading Judge Feinerman Returning to Private Practice