Fed. Circ. Nixes Jury Award In Pistol Pipe Patent Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (November 21, 2013, 7:10 PM EST) -- A Federal Circuit panel on Monday overturned a jury's finding that a tobacco products wholesaler had willfully infringed a patent covering a pipe made to look like a pistol, reversing an enhanced damages award and sending the case back to California federal court to decide on attorneys' fees.

The circuit panel determined that the federal court’s $70,000 enhanced damages award against Mike's Worldwide Imports could not be justified without the willfulness finding. The panel also found that an award of attorneys' fees to plaintiff Mike Lee had...
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