Klarquist Wins Federal Circuit Victory for CollegeNET, Inc.

Published August 2, 2005

On August 2, 2005, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Klarquist’s client CollegeNET, Inc., reinstating a jury verdict that CollegeNET’s competitor, ApplyYourself, Inc., infringed CollegeNET’s U.S. Patent No. 6,460,042. The court also affirmed the verdict of infringement of CollegeNET’s U.S. Patent No. 6,345,278.

CollegeNET prevailed in a September 2003 jury trial in federal district court in Portland, Oregon, where the jury found willful infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,345,278 and infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,460,042. The district court subsequently overturned the jury’s verdict on U.S. Patent No. 6,460,042. The appeals court ruling reinstates the jury verdict on that patent, while affirming the verdict on the other patent.

The patents asserted against ApplyYourself both relate to computerized systems and methods for third-party processing of forms such as online college admissions applications.

CollegeNET is a Portland-based company that provides innovations in event and academic scheduling, admissions, web-based tuition processing, prospect management, alumni development, and email management to colleges, universities, and nonprofits worldwide.

CollegeNET was represented in the district court by Klarquist attorneys John D. Vandenberg, Kristin L. Cleveland, and Scott E. Davis, and by Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter, including attorneys Rob Shlachter and Christina L. Beatty-Walters. On appeal, Klarquist attorneys John Vandenberg, Kristin Cleveland, and Scott Davis represented CollegeNET.