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Sowinski v. Cal. Air Res. Bd.

ELR Citation: 48 ELR 20003
Nos. 17-1219, (Fed. Cir. , 12/18/2017)

The Federal Circuit held that the state of California did not infringe on an emissions trading-related patent, allowing the state's greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade program to continue. The plaintiff owns a U.S. patent that covers a method and apparatus for using electronic systems to claim and trade pollution offset credits; he sued the California Air Resources Board, which administers the state’s cap-and-trade program, for infringing his patent. The state defendants filed motions to dismiss, each of which went unopposed, and the suit was dismissed. The plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration that was denied. The appellate court affirmed the denial, holding that failure to oppose a motion to dismiss can be interpreted as consent to the dismissal.