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Synthetic Diamond Patent Case Features 2 Man Affidavit and Judge Rakoff Zingers in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 24 – A patent dispute about synthetic diamonds, complete with a rare two-person affidavit and Hague Convention requests to India, resulted in a virtual / Zoom oral argument on November 24 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff.

Inner City Press covered it - as much as it could.   

Counsel repeatedly asked Judge Rakoff, Can I share my screen? It has confidential information which I'll avoid describing on the record.

   So listening by phone, it was difficult to assess the strength of some of the arguments. But there were zingers from Judge Rakoff, as when he demanded to know how it was that two person signed an affidavit - would they also take the witness stand together?  

It may not come to that - as to the case, it seems all there is left to argue about is the attorneys fees.

At the end, saying he had another proceeding at 4:30, Judge Rakoff told the lawyers that the night before he had told his wife that he would be hearing argument in an interesting patent case.

After he responded to her request for a summary of the case, she asked, You call that interesting?  

It got a big laugh, a near perfect walk-out line, even on the Zoom. Decision was as they say reserved.

The case is, or was, Carnegie Institution of Washington et al v. Pure Grown Diamonds, Inc. et al., 20-cv-189 (Rakoff)


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