June 17, 2016
In a relatively rare “pro-patent” decision, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week unanimously overruled the Federal Circuit’s so-called Seagate standard for finding willful patent infringement and awarding enhanced damages.

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics 14-1513, (together with Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. 14-1520), the Court vacated and remanded the Federal Circuit’s decision denying Halo enhanced damages under §284 of the Patent Act.  The Court’s decision appears to have lowered the bar for finding willful infringement and awarding enhanced damages.

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