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Halo V Pulse: High Court Relaxes Standard For Enhanced Patent Damages

On June 13, 2016 Chief Justice Roberts delivered a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Halo v. Pulse on the question of when enhanced damages can be awarded for patent infringement. This decision reversed...more

Supreme Court Relaxes Test for Increasing Damages after a Finding of Willful Infringement

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. et al., in which the Court rejected the two-part test set forth by the Federal Circuit in In re Seagate Technology,...more

High Court Eases Ability to Recover Enhanced Remedies in Patent and Copyright Cases

Within the past week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two unanimous rulings that could make it easier for prevailing parties in patent cases to recover enhanced damages and for winning parties in copyright cases to recover...more

Supreme Court Entrusts Enhanced Damages to District Court Judges

Section 284 of the Patent Act provides that, in the event of damages for patent infringement, “the court may increase the damages up to three times the amount found or assessed.” In 2007, the Federal Circuit in In re Seagate...more

Supreme Court Lowers the Bar for Willfulness and Provides Major Win to Patent Holders

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in two consolidated cases (Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer) effectively lowering the standard for obtaining enhanced damages in...more

Supreme Court Loosens Standard for Willful Infringement/Enhanced Damages

In a relatively rare “pro-patent” decision, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week unanimously overruled the Federal Circuit’s so-called Seagate standard for finding willful patent infringement and awarding enhanced...more

Supreme Court Resurrects Enhanced Damages Awards Under § 284

On Monday, in a significant victory for patent owners, the U.S. Supreme Court swept away the Federal Circuit’s “inelastic” framework for assessing enhanced patent damages and found that 35 U.S.C. § 284 means what it says:...more

Supreme Court Abolishes Federal Circuit’s Test for Willfulness

On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s 2007 decision in In re Seagate Tech., LLC, 497 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir....more

High Court Relaxes Standards for Enhanced Damages in District Court Patent Litigation

On June 13, 2016, in a much-anticipated joint holding in Halo/Stryker, [1] the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Federal Circuit’s rigid test for willful infringement under Seagate and conferred discretion on district...more

Supreme Court Loosens Test for Enhanced Patent Damages

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision in the companion cases Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer Inc., altering the analysis for when patent damages can be increased up to...more

Supreme Court Clears the Path for More Enhanced Damages Awards in Halo

In recent years, the Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected the Federal Circuit’s strict tests concerning monetary relief in patent cases in favor of more fluid standards that commit discretion to the district courts. In...more

Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Willful Infringement – Higher Risk of Enhanced Damage Awards May Require Clients to Reassess...

In a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the prevailing Seagate test for finding willful infringement in patent cases – a finding for which a “court may increase the damages up to three times the amount found...more

U.S. Supreme Court Halo Decision Rejects Seagate’s High Bar for Treble Damages

In a unanimous decision, on June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the CAFC Seagate “objective recklessness” standard and appeal criteria. As is its habit, the Supreme Court has thus taken away relatively clear...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Rigid Seagate Test in Favor of a Discretionary Test for Awarding Enhanced Damages

Section 284 of The Patent Act provides that in a case of infringement, courts “may increase the damages up to three times the amount found or assessed.” Under Seagate, to be entitled to enhanced damages under § 284, a patent...more

Halo’s Aura: How the Supreme Court’s Halo Decision Will Impact Patent Damages and Influence Pre-Litigation Conduct

Patent infringers take note: clever defenses by ingenious litigation counsel may come too late to save you from an award of exemplary damages. On Monday, June 13, in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics and Stryker Corp. v....more

US Supreme Court Adds to District Court's Ability to Award Enhanced Patent Damages

On June 13, the US Supreme Court handed down an important unanimous decision relaxing the standard for an award of enhanced patent damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284. See Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S....more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal...

This week in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the United States Supreme Court changed the law regarding when enhanced damages should be awarded in patent infringement cases, by eliminating the two-part test...more

Amendment Moots Motions for Both Parties without Specific Adoption of Prior Filings

The latest order in a patent case in the Northern District of Georgia delves into the procedural niceties of federal practice, illustrating both how form continues to have power over substance and how the Court can...more

Halo v. Pulse (2016): Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Obtaining Enhanced Damages For Patent Infringement

Patent owners will more likely seek enhanced damages; accused infringers no longer insulated by “attorney’s ingenuity” after the fact. Summary - The Federal Circuit’s 2007 Seagate decision raised the bar for...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Enhanced Damages Standard for Patent Cases

If you read one thing ... - The Supreme Court discarded the Federal Circuit’s heightened Seagate standard for awarding enhanced damages under the Patent Act. - The new standard increases the chance of an...more

U.S. Supreme Court Eases Inelastic Seagate Standard for Enhanced Patent Damages

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics Inc. rejected the Federal Circuit’s strict test for enhanced patent damages in favor of a more flexible approach grounded...more

Halo Removed the Stranglehold of "Objective Recklessness" on Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement

Although under the Patent Act, “a court may increase the damages [for patent infringement] up to three times,” 35 U.S.C. § 284, enhanced damages awards are infrequent. For nearly a decade, the Federal Circuit’s en banc...more

Supreme Court Adopts More Flexible Standard For Enhanced Damages For Willful Infringement

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the Supreme Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s two-part Seagate test for awarding enhanced damages under 35 USC § 284, finding that both the substantive requirement for...more

Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics Inc.: the U.S. Supreme Court Establishes a New Framework for Awarding Enhanced Damages...

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Halo Electronics, decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v Pulse Electronics, Inc., in which the Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s Seagate test and established a...more

US Supreme Court broadens district court discretion to punish "egregious infringement behavior"

In a unanimous opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., the Supreme Court has changed the standard for proving willful infringement...more

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