Willful Infringement

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Federal Circuit Review | November 2016

Fraud-Detection Patent Claimed Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - In FairWarning IP, LLC v. Iatric Systems, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1985, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that FairWarning’s patent...more

9th Circuit opens door to damages against retailers carrying infringing works

One of the attractions of copyright law is that copyright owners can recover substantial damages (which can go up to $150,000 in cases of willful infringement) without having to prove actual losses. But generally these...more

Core Wireless v. LG: District Court Orders Enhanced Damages Based on Defendant's Licensing Discussions

A jury returned a verdict finding that LG infringed the claims of the patent-in-suit and that the claims were not invalid. The jury also found that the infringement was willful. As a result, the district court determined...more

Judge Gilstrap Awards Enhanced Damages in LG/Core Wireless Dispute

On November 1, 2016, The Honorable Rodney Gilstrap of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas added $456,000 in enhanced damages after a jury found that LG willfully infringed two patents owned by...more

Indirect And Willful Infringement Claims Are Dismissed

Burke, M. J. Defendants’ partial motion to dismiss claims for indirect and willful infringement is granted. The disputed technology relates to a method and apparatus for controlling and manipulating a virtual environment...more

Ninth Circuit Retires Fee-Award Standard, Imports Octane Fitness to Trademark Cases

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined a majority of appellate courts that have rejected rigid tests for attorneys’-fees awards in favor of flexible discretion at the district court level. The...more

Federal Circuit Review | October 2016

Withdrawal of Claims During Prosecution Can Trigger Prosecution History Estoppel In UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co., Ltd., Appeal No. 2015-1957, the Federal Circuit held that prosecution estoppel can apply even...more

Halo: Cause for Counsel

With the Supreme Court’s decision in Halo Electronics overruling the 2007 Seagate case, non-practicing entities (“NPEs”) may resume an old, familiar practice to enable them to make a case for willful infringement. See Halo...more

District Courts on Willful Infringement Post-Halo

In two recent decisions addressing the issue of willful infringement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recalled its mandate, vacated portions of earlier decisions and remanded to the district court the...more

Intellectual Property Law - October 2016

Federal Circuit After Stryker/Halo - Why it matters: On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the consolidated cases of Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. and Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and, as...more

Ninth Circuit Provides a Second Look at Willful Copyright Infringement **WEB ONLY**

In a case stemming from a copyright dispute over photographs of the legendary hip hop group Run-DMC, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a music...more

The District Court May Consider Objective Reasonableness of the Infringement Defenses as Part of the Evaluation of the Totality of...

On remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court that defendant ION Geophysical Corporation (ION) does not willfully infringe the asserted patents of plaintiff WesternGeco...more

Patent Infringement: How A Freedom To Operate Review Can Help Mitigate The Risk Of Substantial Liability

Damages that may be awarded to a patent owner who can prove that a party infringes a patent can be significant. These damages can include equitable remedies, such as an award of an injunction preventing the infringer from...more

Federal Circuit Review | September 2016

Claims Directed to Monitoring and Analyzing Data Held to Be Invalid under § 101 - In Electric Power Group, LLC v. Alstom S.A., Appeal No. 2015-1778, the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s grant of summary...more

Patent Rights in the U.S.: Is the Pendulum Finally Swinging Back to Center?

The U.S. patent system has long struggled to strike a balance that both encourages patent rights and prevents patent abuse. Finding that balance requires giving patent owners the right amount of patent enforcement power,...more

Federal Circuit Revisits Willfulness Post Halo

On remand from the Supreme Court’s decision in Halo Elecs., Inc. v. Pulse Elecs., Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016), the Federal Circuit recently issued a revised decision in Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., No. 2013-1668 (Fed. Cir....more

The Halo Effect: Original Halo Case Remanded to District Court to Consider New Test for Enhanced Damages

Earlier in 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its landmark decision in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics and Stryker v. Zimmer, modifying the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s previous...more

Federal Circuit Remands Issue of Enhanced Damages for Determination Whether this was an Egregious Case of Misconduct Beyond...

In WesternGeco LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corp., [2013-1527, 2014-1121, 2014-1526] (September 21, 2016), the Federal Circuit, on remand from the Supreme Court after Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., vacated the...more

Willfulness After Halo: Now What?

The general consensus is that the Supreme Court’s June decision in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics eased the path to proving willfulness, as discussed previously on IP Litigation Current. Many speculated that one result...more

Are Patent Opinions Again Necessary?

Patent opinions are no longer necessary to avoid an inference at trial that the opinion would have been unfavorable, but, in view of the recent Supreme Court decisions in Halo and Octane Fitness they may be advisable upon...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: RunDMC, Stem Cells and Pirates

Copyright Opinions - Unauthorized Copying Not an Element of Prima Facie Infringement Case: Ali v. Final Call, Inc., No 15-2963 (7th Cir. Aug. 10, 2016) - Wood, J. In a suit alleging copyright infringement through...more

Applying New Halo Standard, the Federal Circuit Reverses Course and Affirms Finding of Willful Infringement

Upon remand by the Supreme Court following its decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016), a panel of the Federal Circuit reconsidered its previous decision to vacate a jury’s...more

District Courts Appear to Defer, Even Post-Halo, to Juries’ Willfulness Findings

Post-Halo, Courts across the country are dealing with jury findings of willful infringement based on pre-Halo jury instructions. To date, several district courts have held that a jury finding of willful infringement satisfies...more

First Application of Supreme Court’s Halo Willfulness Framework

In its first post-Halo decision on willful infringement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed the district court’s award of enhanced damages in WBIP LLC v. Kohler Co., Case Nos. 15-1038; -1044...more

Friedman v. Live Nation Merchandise, Inc. - USCA Ninth Circuit, August 18, 2016

Ninth Circuit revives photographers claims of willful copyright infringement against Live Nation Merchandise over Run DMC photograph it used without permission, concluding lower court incorrectly dismissed willful copyright...more

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