Accused patent infringers continue to breath easier as an ever more challenging path to treble damages persists. Recent decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit placed the objective prong of the In re Seagate test toward establishing willful infringement squarely with a judge. The impact on appeal has taken effect. Under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a), direct patent infringement is a “strict liability” offense. In certain cases, 35 U.S.C. § 284 may provide “up to three times” actual damages. A determination that the accused infringer willfully infringed is used to determine whether enhanced damages are warranted. Finisar Corp. v. DirecTV Group, Inc. 523 F.3d 1323, 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2008).
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Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. v. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.: Federal Circuit Explains Willful Infringement
Last week, in Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. v. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion concerning the willful infringement standard articulated in In re Seagate Technology, LLC (“Seagate”). After affirming the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, appellant Gore filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc, challenging the District Court’s willfulness analysis. The Federal Circuit granted Gore’s petition for rehearing en banc for the sole purpose of determining the standard of review applicable to willful infringement.