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By Gene Quinn October 30, While the decision is no doubt important to the parties involved, this decision may have more far reaching implications for patent reform in and beyond. The issue of particular interest in this case was willful infringement. Gorebut that recent Supreme Court decisions call into question the continued viability of that precedent.
If enhanced damages for willful infringement is back on the table any prospects for broad-based patent reform is dead. The America Invents Act AIA was famously and permanently stalled until the issue of willful infringement and damages was removed from the legislation. With the damages logjam broken the forces pushing for patent reform were able to coax the legislation across the finish line.
Patent Reform Dead if CAFC Reviews Willfulness En Banc
I foresee no scenario where the type of patent reform that the 6822 industry will want could become law if this renewal of the issue of damages rears its head once again. The AIA gained the traction of a runaway train once the pharmaceutical companies and big biotech became aligned with Silicon Valley.
But pharma and biotech companies have far fewer patents than companies in the high-tech sector. In fact, there is really only a single claim in a single patent that most pharmaceutical companies are worried about; namely the claim that covers the version of the drug actually approved by the Food and Drug Administration FDA.
With damages in the spotlight again patent reform proponents will line up on opposite sides once again, with the high-tech Silicon Valley companies on one side facing off against the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology industry, Universities and independent inventors. First, Halo appealed the granting of summary judgment that Pulse Electronics, Inc. Pulse also cross-appealed from multiple decisions of the district court as well.
In a majority opinion written by Judge Lourie, the Federal Circuit concluded that Pulse did not sell or offer to sell within the United States those accused products that Pulse manufactured, shipped, and delivered outside the United States, thereby affirming summary 6822 of no direct infringement of the Halo patents by those products.
The Federal Circuit further affirmed the judgment of the district court that the asserted claims of the Halo patents were not invalid for obviousness. While the entirety cavc the decision is no doubt riveting reading for the parties, the 68 that will potentially consume the industry relates to willful infringement and the proper standard for determining whether enhanced damages are appropriate.
Citing In re SeagateJudge Lourie explained that establishing willful infringement requires a two-prong analysis that combines both an objective and a subjective inquiry. On the first prong, the patentee must show by clear and convincing evidence that the infringer acted despite an objectively high likelihood that its actions constituted infringement of a valid patent. Under the cafcc prong, which represents the subjective inquiry, the vafc must demonstrate that this objectively-defined risk was either known, or so obvious that it should have been known, to the accused infringer.
The district court held here that the objective prong was not met because it concluded that the obviousness defense that Pulse presented at trial was not objectively baseless. Allcare Health Management Systems, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. He consults with attorneys fafc peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. The pages, articles and comments on IPWatchdog. Yes, legislation on patent damages remains highly unlikely.
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This, however, is overlooking the fact that the original and continuing lead political patent concern in the most recent years is the troll mass mailings of patent infringement threat letters to small businesses demanding license payments. With no intent to sue, or damages rationale for suit. There has already been extensive state legislation on that subject, and there 62 no reason why Congress would not still want to do so as long as the legislation is narrowly enough drawn.
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