Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc.
United States Supreme Court
579 U.S. 93, 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016)
Halo Electronics, Inc. (Halo) (plaintiff) and Pulse Electronics, Inc. (Pulse) (defendant) both supplied electronic components. Halo brought suit against Pulse, alleging that Pulse infringed upon several of Halo’s patents. The jury found that Pulse had infringed Halo’s patents and that there was a high probability it had done so willfully. The trial court, however, declined to award enhanced damages under § 284 of the Patent Act, after determining that Pulse had presented a defense that was not objectively baseless. Thus, the court concluded, Halo had failed to show objective recklessness under the standard established in In re Seagate Technology, LLC, 497 F. 3d 1360 (2007). The Federal Circuit affirmed this decision. The Supreme Court granted certiorari and consolidated this case with a similar case, Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer Inc., 782 F.3d 649 (2014).
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, C.J.)
Concurrence (Breyer, J.)
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