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The rate of the reasonable royalty awarded to a successful patent plaintiff must be based on the facts of the case. A damages expert cannot merely pay lip service to the Georgia-Pacific factors and then “pluck” a royalty rate from thin air.
The rate of the reasonable royalty awarded to a successful patent plaintiff must be based on the facts of the case. Exmark Mfg. Co. Inc. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, No. 2016-2197 at 28 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018). A damages expert cannot merely pay lip service to the Georgia-Pacific factors and then “pluck” a royalty rate from thin air. Id. Moreover, the reasonable royalty must be apportioned, so that it is based on the patented contribution and not unpatented aspects of the accused product. This can be achieved by adjusting either the royalty base or the royalty rate. However, the rate selected must be based on facts presented to the jury. It is insufficient to address the Georgia-Pacific factors superficially and then announce a royalty rate, without explaining how those factors or other evidence led to the selection of the rate. Id. at 24-25.
By Michael W. Mitchell and Edward Roche
The decision in Brammer v. Violent Hues sheds some light on when re-posting will be a “fair use” and when it will give rise to liability.
By Rob Maier
The trade war between the United States and China has had far-reaching effects on international trade and the global economy. The dispute is slowly developing into a battle of attrition, without any immediate resolution on the horizon despite ongoing trade talks. As businesses change the way they operate in response to this unpredictable trade environment, counsel should consider the risks and potential impacts on corporate IP strategy.
By Alan L. Friel
Part One of a Two-Part Article
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a comprehensive new consumer protection law set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. In the wake of the CCPA’s passage, approximately 15 other states introduced their own CCPA-like privacy legislation, and similar proposals are being considered at the federal level. Part One of this article covers how the CCPA applies to businesses — both in and outside California, the revenue threshold, proposed amendments and other open issues.
By George Soussou and Jeff Ginsberg
More Than a Recitation of Hooke’s Law Needed for Patent Protection
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