Bloomberg Law
June 13, 2016, 10:32 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Eases Way for Larger Patent Damage Awards

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By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News

The U.S. Supreme Court eased the way for larger damage awards when a company intentionally copies a patented invention.

Voting unanimously, the justices said Monday that a key federal appeals court had placed overly rigid limits on the ability of trial judges to award enhanced damages, which can total as much as three times the compensatory award.

The ruling gives Stryker Corp. a new chance to increase a $70 million award it won in a suit against Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. over surgical devices.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which handles patent ...

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