Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics
In Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics (2016), the U.S. Supreme Court made it easier to obtain increased damages for willful infringement of a patent. This is one of the few patent decisions by the Supreme Court favoring inventors, and opens the door to larger damage awards in patent cases.
Both companies supply electronics. Halo once tried to license their patents to Pulse in 2002, but failed, and in 2007, sued Pulse for infringement. The court tried to prove that the infringement was done willfully, objectively and subjectively, could not prove it done objectively and thus lost. Justice Stephen G. Breyer declared that Section 284 states that damages paid can equal up to only 3 times that damage done, on which Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito agreed.
- "Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics Inc." Oyez, https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/14-1513. Accessed 1 May. 2017.