Supreme Court takes 1st patent case of term, and plaintiffs could benefit

20 11 2015

Ars Technica

October 20, 2015

Joe Mullin

In 2012, 15-employee Halo Electronics won a patent case against Pulse Electronics, a much larger competitor it accused of copying its technology. The company and its lawyers savored the victory with its David v. Goliath overtones. Halo’s victory ended in disappointment, though, when it was able to get just $1.5 million from a competitor that was selling $39 million worth of infringing products per year by 2007, the year the lawsuit was filed.

Now, Halo’s demands for better compensation will get another look. On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics along with Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer Inc., a medical device case hinging on the same damages issues. So far, they’re the only two patent cases the high court has agreed to hear this term.



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