Federal Circuit Vacates Enhanced Damages Award
On July 10, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued an opinion in an appeal from a District Court decision in a patent-infringement case, affirming the District Court’s finding of patent validity, but vacating the District Court’s award of enhanced damages of two-and-a-half times the original damages amount. Polara Eng. Inc. v. Campbell Co., Appeal Nos. 2017-1974 and 2017-2033 (Fed. Cir. July 10, 2018). The CAFC found that the District Court wrongly assessed the closeness of the case, and remanded the enhanced-damages issue to the District Court for further consideration.
Eastern District Of Wisconsin Upholds Jury’s Willful-Infringement Finding And Awards Prejudgment Interest, But Declines To Enhance Damages; Employee Engineer’s Invalidity Analysis An Issue
Last fall, a jury found Snap-On Inc. to be a willful patent infringer and awarded patent owner Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. (Milwaukee) approximately $28 million in damages. On December 29, 2017, Judge J. P. Stadtmueller of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin entered an order resolving the parties’ post-trial motions. In the order, Judge Stadtmueller upheld the jury’s finding of willful infringement and required Snap-On to pay prejudgment interest for part of the time period requested by Milwaukee, but denied Milwaukee’s request to further enhance damages. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. v. Snap-On Inc., case no. 14-CV-1296-JPS.