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Allied Mineral Products, Inc. v. Osmi, Inc.

No US DJ Jurisdiction From Notice Letters Alleging Overseas Infringement of Foreign Patents

Allied Mineral Products, Inc. v. Osmi, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 17667 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 13, 2017) (MOORE, Reyna, Stoll) (S.D. Fla.: Marra) (3 of 5 stars)

Fed Cir affirms dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The district court correctly determined that the sending of a notice letter to two of Allied’s Mexican customers, asserting a Mexican patent and alleging acts of infringement under Mexican law, was insufficient to create a case or controversy in the United States sufficient to support Allied’s complaint for declaratory judgment. The opinion rejects Allied’s attempt to argue for jurisdiction under Innovative Therapies, 599 F.3d 1377 (Fed. Cir. 2013), or Arkema, 706 F.3d 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2013), as both involved substantially different facts.

KEYWORDS: DECLARATORY JUDGMENT; SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION