Home Depot Owes Saw Device Inventor $24M: Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (November 14, 2011, 7:05 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld an award of nearly $24 million against Home Depot USA Inc. in a patent infringement suit accusing the home improvement retailer of stealing a former contractor's idea for a saw safety device, finding the damages were reasonable.

In a 2-1 precedential decision, the appeals court affirmed a Florida federal court's ruling that a device used by Home Depot to improve the safety of radial arm saws used to cut lumber for customers infringed a patent held by inventor Michael Powell....
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