Record Award Shows Claims Court's Rising Role In IP Matters

By Ranganath Sudarshan and Adam Mitchell (November 22, 2021, 12:50 PM EST) -- On Oct. 22, in SecurityPoint Holdings Inc. v. U.S, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims unsealed an order awarding its highest-ever damages award against the government for patent infringement.[1]

The court awarded $103,685,510 in damages to SecurityPoint Holdings for the Transportation Security Administration's infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,888,460, titled "Advertising trays for security screening."[2] Accounting for interest and continued infringement, the ultimate damage award, which is subject to appeal, will likely exceed $130 million.[3]

The court that oversaw this case traces its origins to 1855, when Congress established the U.S. Court of Claims, the COFC's predecessor.[4] Although the nuances of...

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