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Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. United States Plywood Corp.

United States District Court, Southern District of New York
318 F.Supp. 1116, 166 USPQ 235, modified 446 F.2d 295, 170 USPQ 369 (2d Cir. 1971), cert. denied 404 U.S. 870, 92 S.Ct. 105, 30 l.Ed.2d 114 (1970)


Georgia-Pacific (plaintiff) sought declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity of a patent owned by United States Plywood (defendant), which counterclaimed for infringement. After Georgia-Pacific prevailed at trial, the decision was reversed and remanded on appeal. Back at the District Court level, the Court was tasked with determining a proper damages amount for United States Plywood, which was delegated to a special master, which is an officer of the court to whom certain duties are delegated based on their particular expertise. Disagreeing with the special master’s calculations, the District Court enumerated several factors to determine a proper measure of damages.

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Holding and Reasoning (Tenney, D.J.)

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