Removing spaces to create one large word doesn’t make brief comply with word limits, says Federal Circuit Court

Information technology company Pi-Net International, a frequent litigator in the realm of patents that has filed suits against at least 80 companies since 2012, was dinged by a federal appeals court for attempting to circumvent the 14,000 word limit in its appellate brief and will not be permitted to pursue its appeal, reports the ABA Journal. The company had appealed an order of the district court granting summary judgment to defendant JP Morgan Chase in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In order to try to meet the word limitations for their opening brief, Pi-Net had tried to "squish together" words by eliminating spaces and creating large single words, particularly within citations.

When the Court asked the company to show cause as to why it should not dismiss the appeal, Pi-Net attempted to file a corrected brief that used abbreviations and eliminated articles, resulting in a brief that "is so poorly explained that it is nearly incomprehensible," according to the order. The ABA Journal article provides PDFs of the corrected brief and the Court's order dismissing the appeal.

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