April 1, 2016
Polsinelli and its client Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. are pleased to announce an order in the case Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. The United States District Court for the District of Delaware granted Jack Henry’s motion for attorney fees, resulting in Jack Henry & Associates being awarded $1 million in attorney’s fees. 

This is the third patent case that Jack Henry and Polsinelli have defended against Joao Bock. Jack Henry and Polsinelli tried and won a jury trial against Joao Bock in 2010. A second case in 2012 ended with Joao Bock dropping its claims against Jack Henry’s banks. 

Joao Bock brought this case against Jack Henry directly in Delaware federal court in 2013, alleging a myriad of Jack Henry products infringed over 60 claims in one of Joao Bock’s patents.  Jack Henry ultimately won on summary judgment, as the judge found all patent claims to be invalid under Section 101 of the Patent Act. 

After the Federal Circuit affirmed Jack Henry’s win and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, the district judge in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware granted Jack Henry’s motion for attorney’s fees. She found that the case was “exceptional” based on the way Joao Bock prosecuted the case. The Court stated “patent cases are complex and patent litigation is an expensive proposition, nevertheless, the court will award attorney fees of $1,000,000 to account for the fact that plaintiff’s ever changing litigation strategies (including its claim construction positions) created a tortuous path to resolution.” 

Polsinelli Shareholder and Litigation Department Chair Russell S. Jones, Jr. was lead counsel for Jack Henry. He said that the $1 million granted in attorney’s fee is not a common outcome. 

“This is a significant award,” said Jones. “Our client is very pleased that its decision to fight this case, and not just knuckle under and settle, has been vindicated.” 

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