Court defers ruling on merits of Kinaxis' argument on invalidity of Blue Yonder patents
OTTAWA, ON, May 19, 2021 /CNW/ - Kinaxis® Inc. (TSX: KXS), the authority in driving agility for fast, confident decision-making in an unpredictable world, today announced that, on Monday, the district court of the Northern District of Texas deferred ruling on the merits of Kinaxis' motion to dismiss Blue Yonder's lawsuit on the basis that the patents are invalid until the parties can further develop the record in the case. The court also granted Kinaxis' motion to strike certain expert testimony that Blue Yonder had submitted in relation to Kinaxis' motion.
"This ruling is not a surprise and is merely a procedural one. The judge did not rule on the merits of our argument, he simply ruled that it is too early for him to assess the issues properly," said Jamie Hollingworth, Chief Legal Officer, Kinaxis. "It remains our position that the patents in question should be invalidated as they cover well-established concepts in the field of inventory and supply chain management, and simply take generic computer technology and apply it to decades-old concepts. We will make these same strong arguments later in the case for the judge to rule on."
Kinaxis' filings make clear that Kinaxis respects the intellectual property rights of others. It has not infringed Blue Yonder's intellectual property rights, and it will vigorously pursue all avenues to defend itself against such accusations. Kinaxis will also vigorously pursue its counterclaims, which allege that Blue Yonder has violated federal and Texas law by misappropriating certain of Kinaxis' trade secrets.
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