Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:35

Supreme Court grants district courts the discretion to award enhanced damages for egregious patent infringement

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The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision earlier this week in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., granting district courts the discretion to award enhanced damages up to three times the amount found or assessed, pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §284, against those guilty of patent infringement, however, limiting the award to “egregious cases of misconduct beyond typical infringement.”  The decision reverses the Federal Circuit’s two-part test, established in In re Seagate Technology, LLC, as inconsistent with the language of §284.  Seagate, which required the patent owner to satisfy an objective and subjective test before a court could increase damages for willful infringement, was found to be “unduly rigid” and confined the ability of district courts to exercise the discretion §284 conferred on them. For more on this case, visit

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James Ryan

Mr. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from Minnesota State University and his law degree, with honors, from St. Thomas University School of Law.  Mr. Ryan is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.