The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has again vacated the judgment that would have required ION to pay more than $93 million to WesternGeco for lost profits from surveys performed by ION’s customers outside of the United States. According to ION, the Federal Circuit Court had the case on remand from the United States Supreme Court, which, in June, ordered the Federal Circuit to determine whether it was appropriate to reinstate the jury’s verdict for lost profits in this case.The lost profits stem from a verdict that ION infringed several patent claims held by WesternGeco.Since the jury verdict, a majority of the patent claims have been found to be invalid by the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Circuit Court, meaning that the patents underlying the claims should never have been granted, ION explained. Of the patent claims that were not invalidated, only one is asserted by WesternGeco to have supported the lost profits award.In its ruling, the Federal Circuit Court remanded to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas to determine whether to hold a new trial as to lost profits.The Federal Circuit Court held that the lost profits award can be reinstated by the District Court if the existing trial record establishes that the jury must have found that the technology covered by the one remaining patent claim was essential for performing the surveys upon which lost profits were based.If the District Court concludes that WesternGeco established at trial, with undisputed evidence, that the remaining claim covers technology that was necessary to perform the surveys, then the District Court may deny a new trial and reinstate lost profits. Otherwise, the District Court must order a new trial.
Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — This image summed up Friday night at Staples Center as well as any: Laker fans quietly, sullenly heading for the exits as the clock wound down, and Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell waving, inviting them to bring the noise they had already forsaken.Such is the weirdness of playing a road game in your home arena, before the opponent’s fans. And such was the effectiveness of the Clippers in the second half, using a 22-0 run to fuel themselves to a 118-107 victory.Yes, twenty-two to nothing.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was looking for a spark, with the Lakers having been the aggressors for most of the first 32 to 34 minutes of the game. He settled on an unusual unit: Patrick Beverley, Harrell and Lou Williams, who are normally part of the second unit, with seldom-used Sindarius Thornwell and Tyrone Wallace. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory And when you’re on that roll, “when you’re in the moment, you don’t even realize what’s going on,” Williams said.One benefit was obvious as the margin grew and the noise level dipped. Yes, the Clippers used the same dressing room they always use, and yes, they wore home whites – mainly so the Lakers could wear those abysmal pinstriped purple alternate uniforms – but it was the Lakers’ floor, and their tickets to sell … and their fans who went home grumbling.“It’s a momentum changer, a confidence booster, energy, spark,” Thornwell said. “It brings so many different things to the game, especially when you’re away. Now you kill the crowd. You kill the home team’s momentum. Now you’ve kind of got control of the game.”Sometimes this rivalry is strange.“The Lakers, they’ve got the biggest fan base in the league,” Thornwell said after the Clippers won for the 22nd time in their past 25 meetings. “It is what it is. We can’t help that. But we can help what happens between the lines. That’s the only thing we can control.”They did that, certainly. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The Lakers, granted, were without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee again on Friday night. The injured veterans can only do so much to talk the kids through it.“Lack of focus,” Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball said. “I don’t think they were doing too much to force it. I mean, they were (applying pressure), but we were making some dumb passes, dribbling the ball too high and just making careless turnovers.“Teams are going to go on runs. It happens, but a 22-0 run should never happen.”How does it happen?“It snowballs,” Rivers said. “You get a couple steals, you force a couple turnovers, then (the opponent starts) pressing a little bit and all of a sudden the basket gets smaller.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum How seldom is seldom? Thronwell had played in 19 of the Clippers’ first 34 games and averaged 5.9 minutes when he has gotten in. Wallace had played in 20 games and averaged 9.0 minutes. But they provided some stubborn intensity, which was exactly what their team needed.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We didn’t have anything; we were flat,” Rivers said. “So we just searched for a lineup. Putting (6-foot-5) Sindarius at four (power forward) … we’ve never done that. With Ty, Sindarius, Pat, Lou and Trez, we basically just put the bulldogs on the floor, and just their defensive fight was amazing. They’re undersized, (but) they rebounded well, they got their hands on the ball, they took them out of their transition game and changed the game for us.”When Thornwell came in, along with Harrell, with 2:35 left in the third quarter, Tyson Chandler was about to make his second free throw to give the Lakers a 77-71 lead. The hosts went ahead 80-73 on a Lance Stephenson 3-pointer with 2:13 left.The next time the Lakers scored, on a Chandler free throw with 9:36 left in the fourth quarter, it was 95-81 Clippers. During that 22-0 run, which spanned just 4:37 of game time, the Clippers made six of eight shots (one of the misses was Avery Bradley’s desperation heave at the end of the third quarter) and 10 of 10 free-throw attempts, and the Lakers were 0 for 5 from the field with six turnovers. In fact, the Lakers extended that drought to 0 for 7 before Josh Hart’s 3-pointer with 8:07 left, a span of more than six minutes between field goals.There seem to have been a rash of these big runs lately, all involving the same three teams. The Clippers survived Wednesday night after giving up 19 straight points to Sacramento in the fourth quarter. The Lakers didn’t survive Thursday night against the Kings, as an 18-4 Sacramento run in the fourth led to a 117-116 loss at the buzzer. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
EL SEGUNDO — The wait for LeBron James will last at least one more game.The Lakers were fairly tight-lipped about the 34-year-old’s participation in Wednesday’s practice, when he was able to go through some drills. But they already know he won’t be able to play Thursday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.Coach Luke Walton didn’t seem especially confident about saying James would be back by Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, either.“He’s not out yet for Sunday; I guess that puts it in play,” he said. “With him and (Rajon) Rondo, it’s gonna be, again, how he’s feeling tomorrow morning, and take it from there and see how he’s doing the next day after that, and the next day.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers remain hopeful that the 32-year-old point guard will be available for the first time in 14 games on Thursday night, giving them needed depth at the position and the kind of veteran voice that’s been missing in the backcourt.Rondo is still wearing sleeves on his right ring finger, which he had surgery on in December for a Grade 3 sprain. He said he wakes up with stiffness in his hand, but has been playing through it.“I’ve been feeling like I’m going to play the last couple weeks but still taking it day by day and see how I feel in the morning when I wake up,” he said. “Just trying to play without hesitation, maybe guarding it a little bit. So, a decision I have to make probably closer to the game.”Rondo said he still hasn’t been through much contact despite being cleared: Teammates have been reticent to test him in practice, although he noted Lance Stephenson “hacked” him on Wednesday.The Lakers hope that Rondo’s presence can slide some of their scorers, particularly Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, back into their more natural roles. Rondo said he’ll be looking to create easier opportunities for teammates than the Lakers have had without a traditional point guard in the game. Walton seemed to be most excited about what Rondo would add to the team’s poise.“Just having his leadership back on the court, whether that’s tomorrow, whether that’s Sunday, Tuesday,” he said. “Whenever it is, it’s something we need right now.”BALL GETTING TREATMENT DURING GAMESElsewhere in the practice facility-turned-medical ward, Ball was seen after practice walking out of the building on crutches following his ankle sprain on Saturday. Unlike James and Rondo, he was not sitting on the bench during the Lakers’ loss to Golden State on Monday.Walton acknowledged there’s a reason for that: Ball is receiving his treatment during games. Throughout his two seasons with the Lakers, it’s been rare to see Ball on the bench when he is nursing an injury – he uses that time to do his own work, which Walton has stamped with approval.There are also NBA rules that limit the number of players who can sit on the bench during a game, so two-way player Alex Caruso being called up affects that cap. Walton suggested both factors are at work.“Treatment’s a priority,” Walton said. “Depending on our roster, you are only allowed to sit a certain amount of people on the bench. There (are) new rules, you can’t be on the floor anymore. So depending on how many guys we have up from the G League team will go into play with that, but the treatment part of it is always the priority.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton said James was able to run and quipped that he looked “good, strong, talented,” in practice. Rondo, who is hoping to play for the first time since Christmas on Thursday, declined to talk about James’ participation in practice.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.While the Lakers (and James’ own camp) have said he’s not on anyone’s timeline but his own, there’s added urgency to his return after the Lakers played their most recent game without him, Rondo, or Lonzo Ball, who is out four to six weeks with a sprained ankle. James is now scheduled to miss his career-high 15th consecutive game as the Lakers struggle to stay above .500 and within striking distance of a Western Conference playoff berth. They’ve gone 5-9 so far without him.Rondo seemed to shrug off the concern, however, perhaps foreshadowing a return for James soon.“Well, we’ve got LeBron,” he said. “I don’t know the last time he missed the playoffs.”RONDO A GAME-TIME DECISIONWhile the Lakers continue the waiting game for their superstar, the wait for Rondo to re-enter seems shorter.
Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The first British man in 77 years to win a Wimbledon singles title when he did so in 2013, before adding another in 2016, Murray lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 to Sam Querrey, clearly hampered by his hip. Murray wound up not playing another match last season, then had his operation in January.Nearly 12 full months had passed by the time he ventured back into competition at the Queen’s Club grass-court event less than two weeks ago. Still with a hitch in his gait, Murray played more than 2½ hours before losing to Nick Kyrgios in three sets.This week, again on grass, Murray beat fellow three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, before losing to countryman Kyle Edmund.“I’m pumped obviously because, I mean, four or five weeks ago, I didn’t know whether I’d be capable of competing at a level I’d be happy with. I think the last couple of weeks has been beneficial,” said Murray, a two-time Olympic singles gold medalist whose first Grand Slam championship came at the 2012 U.S. Open. “I don’t think I played amazing in the matches, but I think I’ve done well, considering the opponents.”Now comes Paire, a former member of the top 20 who is currently ranked 48th.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Andy being here is obviously great from a tennis fan point of view,” Edmund said. “But also being British, having a bit of a personal relationship with him, it’s good to see him back after pretty much a year out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Andy Murray of Britain arrives for a practice session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON — Everything’s changed for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time.A two-time champion at the All England Club, he’s not really considered a serious title contender — by himself or by anyone else, for that matter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Murray has won both of their two previous matchups, including in the fourth round at Wimbledon a year ago.“He’s a tricky guy to play against, because of his style,” Murray said. “He does hit a lot of drop shots, he serve-volleys. He’s unorthodox with his shot selection and stuff. He can be quite up and down, too, at times.”Get past that test, and Murray could face No. 26 Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the second round.Asked to assess how deep he might be able to go in the draw, Murray rested his chin on his right hand and exhaled.“I don’t know. Because how am I supposed to tell you how I’m going to feel if I play for four hours in the first match? I can’t answer that question honestly,” he said. “In terms of how I would fare, how I would do in the tournament, results-wise, I have no idea.”Murray is accustomed to experiencing so much pressure and attention during this fortnight.That should ease, theoretically at least. Any fair assessment would conclude that Murray’s streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at the past 10 Wimbledons is in jeopardy.There are other owners of multiple titles at the tournament known simply as The Championships who will be hounded about their prospects: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among the men; Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova among the women. (Williams was slated to hold a news conference Saturday, but it was moved at the last minute to Sunday because of what was described as a scheduling conflict.)For the first time in a dozen years, Murray is not Britain’s highest-ranked male tennis player.That honor — burden? — belongs to Kyle Edmund, who is seeded 21st at Wimbledon and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open. View comments He is not as prepared as usual as the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s Monday start approaches, having played a total of three matches all year after recently returning from hip surgery.He is not seeded, because his ranking is outside the top 150.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMurray is, however, thrilled to be playing, provided nothing crops up before he’s scheduled to face Benoit Paire of France in the first round Tuesday.“I always want to be here competing. It feels a little bit odd coming into the tournament this year,” Murray said Saturday after practicing at the All England Club. “Normally, like, at this stage, I feel really nervous, lots of pressure, and I expect a lot of myself around this time of year. I’ve always loved that and enjoyed that in a way. 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