Justices Let Hearing-Aid Makers' $31M Patent Judgment Stand

Law360, New York (April 22, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal of a Federal Circuit decision upholding a jury's $31 million verdict against William Demant Holding A/S and Widex A/S for allegedly infringing an Energy Transportation Group patent for technology that reduces hearing-aid feedback.

Widex's March 19 petition for writ of certiorari requested that the high court examine whether the Federal Circuit could refuse to review jurors' determination that the company willfully infringed an ETG patent just because the trial court judge didn't enhance the damages based on that conclusion.

"The finding of willfulness itself leads to serious, albeit non-pecuniary, reputational harms,"...

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