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Laitram Corp. v. Hewlett-Packard Co.

791 F. Supp. 113, 22 U.S.P.Q.2d 1597 (1992)

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Laitram Corp. v. Hewlett-Packard Co.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

791 F. Supp. 113, 22 U.S.P.Q.2d 1597 (1992)

Facts

Laitram Corporation (plaintiff) owned several patents related to calculators. Laitram sued Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) (defendant) in federal court for making and selling calculators that infringed on Latraim’s patented calculator technologies. The lawsuit involved several complex issues related to findings of liability, including infringement, invalidity, and patent enforcement. The procedure for determining recovery of the royalty damages sought by Laitram was similarly complicated, involving the analysis of 15 unique factors and difficult computations related to finances and accounting. HP moved for separate trials, seeking one proceeding on liability issues and another proceeding with a different jury on damages and willful infringement because willful infringement is only relevant to damage calculations. HP also requested two separate phases of discovery, with a first phase limited to liability-related discovery and, if HP were found liable, a second phase permitting discovery of evidence related to damages and willful infringement.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Feldman, J.)

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