The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently denied a motion by Philips North America seeking leave of the Court to amend its claims of patent infringement against Fitbit to include several additional products finding Philips did not act diligently. This case serves as a reminder of the importance of timeliness in any litigation, but especially when a party’s diligence is a factor the court must consider.
When we think of clouds, we likely picture cumulus, stratus, and cirrus ones, not the type of “cloud” that holds data and software. The latter type of cloud is generally controlled by a third-party service provider and is used to store and transmit information in a shared environment. The use of clouds is ever-increasing, including by attorneys. This wide-spread use has prompted recent Illinois State Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Advisory Opinion Number 16-06 (the “Opinion”), which details attorneys’ obligations when using a cloud, which is allowed in Illinois.