On January 4, 2011 the Federal Circuit in Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. made two significant rulings on recurring issues in the area of patent damages:
- It eliminated the criticized 25% “rule of thumb” frequently used as a baseline for determining reasonable royalty damages, and
- It clarified that evidence of entire market value calculations—where the plaintiff attempts to tie the reasonable royalty to the full value of a product containing the patented invention—will not be permitted in absence of clear economic justifications.
Uniloc is another installment in the trend marked by the recent ResQNet.com v. Lansa decision where the Federal Circuit pronounced that plaintiffs in patent cases “must carefully tie proof of damages to the claimed invention’s footprint in the market place.”
Please see full alert below for more information.
Firefox recommends the PDF Plugin for Mac OS X for viewing PDF documents in your browser.
We can also show you Legal Updates using the Google Viewer; however, you will need to be logged into Google Docs to view them.
Please choose one of the above to proceed!
LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.