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The Supreme Court Writes a New Chapter on Patent Damages

Making an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Multiple Damages Easier to Obtain and Once Again Changing the Patent Landscape

July 5, 2016 published Cantor Colburn Partner Bill Cass’ article, "The Supreme Court Writes a New Chapter on Patent Damages" on July 5, 2016. 

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court, in the case of Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, No. 14-1513 (U.S. 2016) lowered the standard for Plaintiffs to obtain an award of attorneys’ fees and multiple damages in patent cases.  This decision significantly changes the patent landscape in favor of patent owners and presents new challenges in avoiding enhanced damage awards in patent litigation. In this article, Bill takes a look at the implications of the Supreme Court’s recent decision addressing attorneys’ fees and multiple damages in patent cases.

An accomplished attorney, Bill’s diverse practice includes intellectual property, IP litigation, and products liability litigation. He also co-chairs the Additive Manufacturing Practice at Cantor Colburn. For nearly 30 years, he has tried cases in state and federal courts involving technology. As Co-Chair of Cantor Colburn’s Litigation Department for the last 15 years, he combines his extensive trial experience with his engineering education to present technically complex matters to judges and juries. He has also tried matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His cases involve complex technology, including medical devices, circuitry, mechanical engineering, material science, chemistry, and computer software.

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