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Vivint, Inc. v. Alarm.com Inc.

United States District Court, D. Utah, Central Division

April 1, 2019

VIVINT, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
ALARM.COM INC., Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER DENYING VIVINT'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO SUPPLEMENT ITS APPENDIX

          Clark Waddoups United States District Judge

         Before the court is Plaintiff Vivnt, Inc.'s Motion for Leave to Supplement Its Appendix. (ECF No. 265). For the reasons stated below, the court DENIES Vivint's Motion.

         Background

         On June 6, 2018, Alarm.com filed its Motion for Partial Summary Judgment of Invalidity. (ECF No. 174.) In this Motion, Alarm.com requested that the Court grant its Motion on claims 17, 18, 22, 25, and 28 of the '654 Patent “on the grounds they are invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 112 for indefiniteness.” (ECF No. 174 at 5.) The '654 patent claim term at issue is “message generating mechanism.” (ECF No. 174 at 5.) Alarm.com argued that because that term “‘recites function without reciting sufficient structure for performing that function' [it] should be analyzed under § 112 ¶ 6.” (ECF No. 174 at 15 (quoting Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, 792 F.3d 1339, 1349 (Fed. Cir. 2015).) Alarm.com also argued that “[b]ecause the '654 Patent specification fails to disclose a corresponding structure that is clearly linked to the claimed functions of the ‘message generating mechanism' in claims 17, 18, 22, 25, and 28, these claims are indefinite under § 112 ¶ 6.” (ECF No. 174 at 15.)

         In response, Vivint argued that Alarm.com's “argument that the asserted claims of the '654 patent are invalid for indefiniteness fails, first, because [Alarm.com] has not shown the ‘messaging generating mechanism' limitations are [means-plus function]-and second because, even if ‘message generating mechanism' were [means-plus-function], the specification does adequately disclose corresponding structure (including an algorithm).” (ECF No. 203 at 7 (emphasis in original).) Vivint also submitted an Appendix in support of its opposition. (ECF No. 204.)

         On September 21, 2018, Alarm.com filed its Reply in support of its Motion. (ECF No. 222.)

         On March 27, 2019, Vivint filed a Motion for Leave to Supplement the appendix . . . for its opposition to Alarm.com Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Invalidity.[1] (ECF No. 265.) In this Motion, Vivint states that it “became aware that the attached excerpts from the declaration and deposition by an expert for Alarm.com . . . in Inter Partes Review . . . are inconsistent with Alarm.com's summary judgment position.” (ECF No. 265 at 2.) Vivint wishes to submit portions of a declaration, and portions of deposition testimony, of Alarm.com's expert in the IPR proceedings- Arthur Zatarian. (See ECF No. 265 at 2.) It appears that the specific paragraph of the declaration that Vivint wishes to introduce is paragraph 70, which provides:

I agree that ‘CPU 804, multiplexer 805, and radio 801, wherein the CPU executes an algorithm that generates a message, that includes an indication of message format, an indication of the equipment to which the message relates, and an indication of the specific exception condition if an exception condition exists' is a reasonable construction of this claim term. As a PHOSITA at the time of the priority date, I believe my opinion in this regard would have been the same at that time.

(ECF No. 265-1 at 9.)

         The relevant deposition testimony provides:

Q. I'm handing you Exhibit 1107 from the '654 patent proceeding . . . I'd like you to look at paragraph 70.
Q. In paragraph 70, you start with ‘I agree that CPU 804, multiplexer 805, and radio 801,' and it goes on, it says ‘is a reasonable construction of this claim term,' and we're referring to message-generating mechanisms . . . Do you still agree that a message-generating mechanism is the CPU 804, the multiplexer 805 and the radio 801?
A. I still believe that that is a reasonable construction based on the contents of the specification. And in trying to find a structure through the specification and what's disclosed in the specification to define a structure, all of that was ...

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