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Although a plaintiff may seek to dismiss its claims of infringement without prejudice after providing a covenant not to sue, the Court has discretion to impose a dismissal with prejudice, depending on the terms of the covenant and other factors.

In that vein, the plaintiff in a patent infringement suit pending before Judge Andrews argued "that the Court should dismiss its infringement claims without prejudice because the covenant it has provided to [defendant] CSL prevents their reassertion." Judge Andrews rejected this "paradoxical" argument ...

When parties seek to dismiss or stay a patent dispute in federal court in favor of arbitration pursuant to an agreement, someone needs to decide whether the parties' dispute falls within the scope of the agreement's arbitration provision (and is thus arbitrable). Whether that question is decided by the court or the arbitrator depends on the language of the agreement. So, in essence, the court must interpret the agreement for the limited purpose of divining the parties' intent (or lack thereof) to shunt arbitrability to the arbitrator.

In a recent order in Nidec Corp. v. Seagate Technology LLC, C.A. No. 21-52-RGA, Judge Andrews found...