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Tranxition, Inc v. Novell, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Oregon

March 30, 2015

TRANXITION, INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff,
v.
NOVELL, INC., A Delaware corporation, Defendant.

Arthur S. Beeman, Arent Fox LLP, San Francisco.

Paul H. Beattie, Rimon Law Group, P.C., Snoqualmie, WA.

Dayna J. Christian, Immix Law Group, PC, Portland, OR, Attorneys for Plaintiff,

L. Rex Sears, Maschoff Brennan, Salt Lake City, UT.

Sterling A. Brennan, Maschoff Brennan, Irvine, CA.

Daniel P. Larsen, Ater Wynne LLP, Portland, OR, Attorneys for Defendant.

OPINION & ORDER

MACRO A. HERNANDEZ, District Judge.

Plaintiff Tranxition, Inc. brings this patent infringement action against Defendant Novell Inc., alleging infringement of its United States Patent Nos. 6, 728, 877 (877 patent) and 7, 346, 766 (766 patent), both of which are titled "Method and System for Automatically Transitioning of Configuration Settings Among Computer Systems." Last year, Tranxition filed a motion for an order construing terms of the 877 and 766 patents, and the Court held a two-day hearing on August 26 and 27, 2014 to that end.[1] The Court ruled on the construction of most of the contested terms or phrases at the close of oral argument, and resolved the dispute over the one remaining term in an Opinion & Order [92], issued on October 15, 2014.

Tranxition now moves the Court to reconsider three of its interpretive rulings from the hearing and October Order. But Tranxition's arguments in favor of reconsideration are largely new legal theories that could have been raised in the claim construction briefing or at oral argument. Because Tranxition fails to allege any new facts, any intervening change in controlling law, or other legitimate grounds for reconsideration, the motion is denied.

STANDARDS

Reconsideration is an "extraordinary remedy, to be used sparingly in the interests of finality and conservation of judicial resources." Kona Enterprises, Inc. v. Estate of Bishop, 229 F.3d 877, 890 (9th Cir. 2000). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure ("Rule") 54(b) allows a district court to revise at any time "any order or other decision, however designated, " that does not fully resolve all the claims for all of the parties. FED. R. CIV. P. 54(b); see also Lyden v. Nike Inc., No. 3:13-CV-00662-HZ, 2014 WL 4631206, at *1-2 (D. Or. Sept. 15, 2014). District courts also have "inherent common-law authority to rescind or modify any interlocutory order as long as the court retains jurisdiction over the matter." City of Los Angeles, Harbor Div. v. Santa Monica Baykeeper, 254 F.3d 882, 887 (9th Cir. 2001).[2]

A motion for reconsideration can be granted if the court 1) is presented with new evidence, 2) committed clear error or the first decision was manifestly unjust, or 3) is aware of an intervening change in law. Sch. Dist. No 1J v. ACandS, Inc. 5 F.3d 1255, 1263 (9th Cir. 1993); Transp. Credit Serv. Ass'n v. Systran Fin. Servs. Corp., No. CIV. 03-1342-MO, 2004 WL 1920799, at *1 (D. Or. Aug. 26, 2004); see also Lyden, 2014 WL 4631206 (applying a similar four-factor analysis to a presumptive Rule 54(b) motion for reconsideration, and collecting cases). Motions for reconsideration are generally disfavored, and may not be used to present new arguments or evidence that could have been raised earlier. See Fuller v. M.G. Jewelry, 950 F.2d 1437, 1442 (9th Cir.1991) (trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying motion for reconsideration because the moving party presented no arguments which the court had not already considered); see also Sam v. Deutsche Bank Nat. Trust Co., No. 03:13-CV-01521-MO, 2013 WL 6817888, at *2 (D. Or. Dec. 23, 2013) (Hernandez, J.) (a party asking for reconsideration must show a "legitimate basis for reconsideration, meaning something other than re-raising arguments previously made or asserting new legal theories or new facts which could have been presented before the initial hearing").

DISCUSSION

Tranxition asks the Court to reconsider three terms or phrases from its Claim Construction Order issued in 2014, specifically "extraction plan, " "active configuration settings, " and "personality object." Pl. Motion to Reconsider Aspects of Claim Construction Orders ("Pl. Motion"), ECF No. 93, at 1-4. Tranxition has failed to show why any of the arguments it now advances could not have been raised in the original claim construction briefing or during the two days of oral argument the Court heard before ruling last year. Its motion is denied accordingly.

CONCLUSION

For the reasons stated, Plaintiff Tranxition's Motion to Reconsider Aspects of Claim Construction Orders is denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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