Patent Act’s Damages Measure Sparks Debate

Law360, New York (March 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Reducing damages awarded in patent infringement litigation — one of the controversial measures that kept the U.S. Senate from passing patent reform legislation last year — once again held the spotlight at a Tuesday hearing on the latest version of the bill set to overhaul the U.S. patent system.

Current law permits patent holders to recover damages based on the entire market value of the product and triple damages in cases of willful infringement, but the Patent Reform Act seeks to require courts to make sure...
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