Takeaway: A California federal judge has rejected a patent-holding company’s bid for additional time to appeal Domino’s $2.7 million dollar attorney fees award.
Judge Sabraw found that Ameranth Inc. unreasonably missed the filing deadline.
According to the court, the company simply waited too long to challenge the decision forcing it to pay Domino’s seven-figure legal bill, which kept piling on while Dominos fought claims that it infringed four of Ameranth’s patents. The patents are related to an online menu system. Judge Sabraw said, “While the court declines to find that Ameranth intentionally disregarded its time to appeal the fee order in this case, the evidence does support Domino’s argument that Ameranth knew the fee order was appealable ‘promptly’ after its entry and without a separate judgment but then did nothing to pursue that appeal.”