Federal Circuit Court Vacates Lost Profits Award Against ION

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

CAF/Loc Concludes Orange Chan 2014 Host Cities Visits

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) sent a high level delegation led by Mr. Almamy Kabele Camara, the CAF 2nd Vice President and Chairman of CAF Organising Committee of CHAN, and accompanied by CAF Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Essam Ahmed, and CHAN 2014 CAF Event Director, Mr. Amr Fahmy to conduct host cities inspections for the 3rd Edition of the African Nations Championship (Orange CHAN 2014) which will take place at the 3 Host Cities; Cape Town, Mangaung (Bloemfontein), and Polokwane between 11 January and 1 February, 2014.Accompanying the CAF delegation was the Local Organising Committee led by the CEO, Mr. Mvuzo Mbebe. The team conducted inspections at facilities and sites such as stadiums, training sites, and hotels, to determine the state of readiness and to confirm minimum requirements stipulated by CAF to host a tournament of this nature.Addressing the joint CAF/LOC media conference held at the OR Tambo Southern Sun Hotel, Mr. Kabele Camara expressed his full satisfaction and confidence in the 3 cities and their readiness when he said: “I could not have expected anything less from South Africa and the 3 cities as your country has a proven track record in hosting successful international events. With 162 Days to go today, the LOC and the 3 host cities are already hard at work in ensuring that CHAN lives up to the same standard recently witnessed when the country hosted Orange AFCON 2013. We visited and conducted a detailed inspection of the competition areas in the stadium including training sites, media operations, hospitality areas, as well as team, referees, media and CAF hotels. Judging by the state of preparedness and readiness, I can assure you that these cities are preparing for an excitement football tournament that will once again make your country and the continent proud. I only have good news to report back to the CAF President, Mr. Issa Hayatou”. The CEO of the LOC, said: “We are not going to let the success of Orange AFCON 2013 get into our heads and we are not taking anything for granted. We are applying the same formula we used during AFCON as well as the lessons learnt to make sure that Orange CHAN 2014 delivers in accordance with our objectives as well as CAF expectations. We are still going to return to the host cities for another round of visits as the LOC, at the end of August and again in November, together with CAF again. This is how serious we take this competition.We also share the same sentiments expressed by the CAF Vice President and Deputy Secretary General of CAF and we are pleased with what we have seen so far.”last_img read more

Clippers put away Suns with fourth-quarter run, gain ground in playoff race

first_imgTHORNWELL DOING WELLAustin Rivers said rookie Sindarius Thornwell’s play was critical in the win. Thornwell had seven points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.“Sindarius has been huge. His defensive rebounding has been incredible,” Rivers said. “Just his effort. Proud of him and his development.”SHAQ ATTACKSuns guard Shaquille Harrison, who about a month ago was in the G League, played a career-high 31 minutes and scored a career-best 17 points.“There’s a lot of people out there that want to be in my position, so I’m just trying to make the most of it that I can,” Harrison said.TIP-INSClippers: Jordan is the eighth player in franchise history to score at least 7,000 career points. … Forward Danilo Gallinari (fracture in right hand) did not play, but remains a possibility to return Friday at Portland after having missed 56 games with injuries this season. … Guard Milos Teodosic did not play due to left foot soreness. He aggravated a plantar fascia injury during Tuesday’s win against Milwaukee.Suns: With Payton out, the Suns used their 32nd different starting lineup combination of the season. … Forward Jared Dudley appeared in his 465th career game as a Suns player, which tied him with Paul Westphal for 14th-most in franchise history. … Coach Jay Triano used all 11 available players for the game.UP NEXTClippers: At Portland on FridaySuns: At Houston on Friday Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jordan reached 7,000 points for his 10-season career with a first-quarter dunk, his first points of the game. The first quarter saw eight ties and five lead changes, but the Suns ended it ahead 32-27 on a buzzer-beating 3 from Ulis.Rivers’ 25-footer with a second left had the Clippers in front 58-56 at halftime.The Clippers opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run, including Rivers’ layup with 8:03 left for a 68-59 lead.“We’re trying to win every game to finish the season off, and wherever that puts us, that puts us,” Rivers said.The Suns cut it to 80-76 after back-to-back 3-pointers from Troy Daniels. Jackson dunked in transition to make it 85-82 going into the fourth quarter, but the Suns didn’t score until the 6:23 mark of the period and were held to 17 fourth-quarter points.“They made some tough shots,” Ulis said. “Basketball is a game of runs, and we didn’t hit back.” The Clippers (41-34) moved to a game out of the eighth playoff spot, one game behind the Jazz after Utah’s 97-94 loss to Boston.“We have to let our defense really fuel our offense every single night,” Harris said.Austin Rivers had 18 points and eight assists, and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won four of five.Tyler Ulis led Phoenix with a season-high 23 points and rookie Josh Jackson added 18. Jackson has scored 15 or more points in eight straight games, but the Suns’ losing streak reached 13 games.The Suns were without four injured players who get regular minutes: guards Devin Booker and Elfrid Payton, center Alex Len and forward T.J. Warren. Payton, who played in Monday’s loss to Boston, was ruled out before the game with knee tenderness. PreviousClippers guard Lou Williams drives past Suns forward Alan Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) slips past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) tries to shoot over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers yells to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) slips past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) rives against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)referee Lauren Holtkamp (7) waits for the call during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker (7) rebounds against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) drives past Los Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels (30) shoots past Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) pulls down a rebound during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) passes agasint the =l- during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) looks pass against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Clippers guard Lou Williams drives past Suns forward Alan Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 21Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandPHOENIX — The Clippers are watching the scoreboard while taking care of their own business as the NBA regular season heads into its final two weeks.Tobias Harris scored 27 points and the Clippers gained a little ground in the Western Conference playoff race with a 111-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.“What we keep saying is the biggest thing is for us to handle our business,” Harris said. “Really lock in on what we have to do. Everything will play itself out. We can’t play for other teams, we’ve got to play for us at this point.”Harris had 15 points in the third quarter, and the Clippers pulled away early in the fourth with an 18-0 run.last_img read more