Patent Damages
17Apr/18Off

D. Del. grants a new (third) trial on damages and denies enhanced damages (before a finding of willfulness)

Posted by Liz Ranks

In the District of Delaware, Judge Leonard P. Stark presiding, in Greatbatch LTD. v. AVX Corporation,[1] case no. 13-723-LPS (March 30, 2018), granted defendants’ motion to set aside the damages verdict and ordered a new trial on damages, in part because the lump sum award could not be adjusted in light of the second jury’s verdict of noninfringement of certain claims.  The Court also denied plaintiff’s request for enhanced damages for willfulness because the Read factors weighed against enhancement.  Because the Court had already been through two trials and seen all the evidence, it made the decision on enhancement prior to a jury finding of willfulness.   

5Apr/18Off

E.D. Tex. Denies Motion to Exclude Damages Testimony of Non-Infringing Alternatives in Expert’s Reasonable Royalty Calculation

Posted by Liz Ranks

In the Eastern District of Texas, Judge Roy S. Payne presiding, in Salazar v. HTC Corporation, 2:16-CV-01096-JRG-RSP (E.D. Tex. Mar. 28, 2018) the court denied Mr. Salazar’s motion to exclude HTC’s damages expert’s opinions related to non-infringing alternatives because the expert’s opinion relates only to a reasonable-royalty calculation, which does not require assessment of non-infringing alternatives, and even if it did, Salazar lacked evidence that the products in question were not acceptable non-infringing alternatives. 

21Mar/18Off

S.D. Fla. Excludes evidence of pre-litigation negotiations and allows evidence of prior litigations and hypothetical negotiations

Posted by Liz Ranks

The Southern District of Florida, Judge Kevin Michael Moore presiding, in Prisua Engineering Corp v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Civil Action 16-cv-21761-KMM (S.D. Fla. Feb. 13, 2017), issued a pre-trial order regarding reasonable royalty rate evidence: (i) excluding evidence of a licensing fee to the extent it was obtained from pre-litigation negotiations; (ii)  excluding evidence of Samsung’s net worth; and (iii) allowing evidence of Samsung’s prior litigation as a basis for calculating a reasonable royalty.  The Court also denied the parties’ Daubert motions:  holding (i) Priusa’s expert’s consideration of pre-suit licensing negotiations was proper; (ii) Priusa’s challenge to “post-hypothetical evidence” went to weight not admissibility; and (iii) Samsung’s expert’s consideration of lump-sum licensing agreements was proper even though Prisua was not seeking a lump sum.

21Feb/18Off

EDVA refuses to strike evidence of prior negotiations and cross-licensing

Posted by Liz Ranks

The Eastern District of Virginia, Judge Leonie Brinkema presiding, in Amdocs (Israel) Limited v. Openet Telecom, Inc., Civil Action 1:10-cv-910 (LMB/JFA) (E.D.VA. Feb. 14, 2018) denied Amdocs’s motions in limine.  The court denied both motions, finding the negotiation and cross-licensing evidence does not violate any rules of evidence and may be useful to the jury in determining a potential royalty.

16Feb/18Off

DDel holds that determining the royalty base is a relevance issue, not Daubert

Posted by Liz Ranks

The District of Delaware, Judge Richard G. Andrews presiding, in D&M Holdings, Inc.[1] v. Sonos, Inc., Civil Action 16-141-RGA (D. Del. Feb. 6, 2018) denied Plaintiffs’ motion to strike opinions of Sonos’ damages expert Michael Tate “on what the royalty base should be,” viewing the issue raised by Plaintiffs’ “as a relevance issue,” not “a Daubert issue.”

Plaintiffs argued that “Mr. Tate bases his opinions on his own conclusions about which of Defendant’s products are infringing.”  The court points out that Mr. Tate is not a technical expert, but a damages expert.  “He will not be allowed to render opinions at trial on which products infringe and which do not. … In particular, if Defendant’s technical expert testifies that there can be no infringement unless there are at least four of Defendant’s products, Mr. Tate may have a basis for his calculation of a royalty base based on that assumption.”  The court noted that the issue was not a Daubert issue, but one of relevance to be addressed, “as necessary, at trial.”


[1] Plaintiffs include D&M Holdings Inc. d/b/a The D&M Group and D&M Holdings US Inc.

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15Feb/18Off

CAFC grants new trial – Royalty base can be total sales, but the royalty rate must be properly apportioned

Posted by Liz Ranks

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Exmark Manuf. Co. Inc. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Prods. Grp, LLC, 879 F.3d 1332 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 2018) on appeal from the District of Nebraska, before Judges Wallach, Chen, and Stoll, with Judge Stoll writing the opinion, issued an order regarding apportionment, vacating the jury’s $24,280,330 compensatory damages verdict, which had been doubled upon a finding of enhanced damages for willful infringement.  The court held “that the district court erred in denying a new trial on damages” and “abused its discretion by limiting the evidence relevant to damages to prior art that had been commercialized.”  The court held that it was not wrong for the expert to use the royalty base as the sales price of the entire mower, but the opinion was fatally flawed because it did not properly tie the royalty rate to the facts of the case, “plucking the 5% rate out of nowhere.”

14Feb/18Off

DMass requires production of communication with licensees

Posted by Liz Ranks

The District of Massachusetts, Judge Casper presiding, in Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Wangs Alliance Corp., Civil Action 14-12298-DJC (D. Mass. Jan. 2, 2018) granted Wang Alliance Corp.’s (“WAC”) motion to compel production of certain documents related to prior licensees.[1]

WAC requested “all of [Koninklijke Phillips N.V.’s (Philips)] discussions with actual and prospective licensees relating to invalidty and/or infringement of the patents-in-suit.”  Philips argued it was “unduly burdensome to require [it] to produce correspondence from its licensees.”  The court granted WAC’s motion to compel, holding that “Philip’s contention that it would be unduly burdensome … is unavailing.”  The court noted that [o]ther courts have required patent holders to produce correspondence with licensees, given that such correspondence is relevant not only for invalidty and infringement but also damages,” citing High Point SARL v. Sprint Nextel Corp., No. 09-cv-2269-CM-DJW, 2011 WL 3241432, at *5 (D. Kan. July 29, 2011) (collecting cases).


[1] WAC’s motion also requested from Philips additional documents related to prior art (denied) and invalidity charts (allowed).

14Feb/18Off

Damages opinion related to FRAND excluded due to lack of supporting evidence

Posted by Liz Ranks

The Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell presiding, in Network-1 Techs., Inc. v. Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc.,[1] Civil Action 6:11-cv-492-RWS-KNM (E.D.TX Sept. 21, 2017) granted-in-part Plaintiff’s motion to exclude certain opinions of Defendant Hewlett-Packard Company’s (“HP”) F/RAND licensing expert M. Ray Perryman.  The patent-at-issue relates to remotely powering access equipment over an Ethernet network, an act which is essential for practicing certain IEEE standards.  Under Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, as well as the Daubert standard, the Court analyzed Plaintiff’s motion to exclude HP’s expert’s opinions on 1) royalty stacking; 2) applying definitions from an IEEE document to its patent policy; 3) patent hold-up; and 4) influence of the threat of an injunction on past licenses.  Due to a lack of supporting evidence, the Court excluded Perryman’s opinions, with the exception that Perryman would be allowed to apply the definitions from an IEEE document to Plaintiff’s patent policy.

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4Dec/17Off

Blue Gentian, LLC v. Tristar Prods., Inc. (1:13-cv-1758 NLH/AMD) D.N.J (J. Noel L. Hillman)

Posted by Chris Marchese

The District of New Jersey, Judge Noel Hillman presiding, in Blue Gentian, LLC v. Tristar Prods., Inc.,[1] Civil Action 1:13-cv-1758 NLH/AMD (D.N.J. Nov. 14, 2017), issued an order concerning the relevance of a settlement agreement in determining a reasonable royalty.  Judge Hillman affirmed the Magistrate Judge’s ruling that the settlement agreement was relevant to the calculation of a reasonable royalty and must be produced. 

18Oct/17Off

D Minn addresses inexorable flow, non-infringing alternatives, EMVR, apportionment

Posted by Chris Marchese

The District of Minnesota, Judge Ericksen presiding, in Select Comfort Corp. v. Tempur Sealy Int’l, Inc., Civil Action 14-cv-245 JNE/TNL (D. Minn. June 23, 2017), issued an order concerning lost profits and reasonable royalty related to a patented air mattress valve. Judge Ericksen excluded Select Comfort’s expert’s testimony on lost profits and reasonable royalty but allowed Tempur Sealy’s expert’s testimony on noninfringing alternatives.  Judge Ericksen also granted Tempur Sealy’s motion for summary judgment on lost profits, but denied summary judgment on reasonable royalty.