The case of the day is Girafa.com, Inc. v. Smartdevil, Inc., 728 F.Supp.2d 537 (D.Del. 2010). Girafa.com, the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 6,864,904, sued Smartdevil, a Québec company, and several others for patent infringement. A bailiff personally served the summons and complaint on Smartdevil’s president, Stephane Lim. (There was some dispute whether the documents were delivered to the right person, as the return of service said “Stephen” rather than “Stephane”, but the court didn’t have the time of day for that argument). Girafa and Smartdevil filed several stipulations extending Smartdevil’s time to answer the complaint, but in the end, rather than answer, Lim submitted a letter to the court requesting that judgment not enter until Girafa had proved the validity of the patent (plainly Lim was unschooled in…

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