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Fed. Circ. Tosses Enhanced Damages In Drain Patent Case

Law360 (February 5, 2018, 6:39 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday set aside more than $2.7 million the plumbing supply company WCM Industries Inc. won in a lawsuit against IPS Corp. over patents for bathtub drain assemblies, finding flaws with the analysis the lower court used to enhance damages after a 2015 trial.

The appeals court said that while a Tennessee federal judge went through the relevant factors when deciding to triple the jury’s award against IPS, the judge’s analysis in many instances was “either non-existent or incorrect.”

“We conclude that the...
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