Fed. Circ. Backs Split Navy Patent Decision, Boosts Damages

By Daniel Wilson (June 18, 2018, 8:03 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit in a decision made public Monday upheld a ruling that one of the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ships had infringed on a company's fast ship patents and that another vessel had not, while slightly upping the damages award to $7.1 million.

The Court of Federal Claims had correctly found that the government owed FastShip LLC royalties for infringing on its ship design patents with the first LCS, but had also correctly ruled that another LCS, under construction at the time the patents expired, was not "manufactured" yet and therefore did not infringe on those patents, a three-judge panel...

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