Fed. Circ. Slashes Innovention's $4.7M Game Patent Award

By Matthew Bultman (April 29, 2015, 4:21 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday slashed a $4.7 million award to Innovention Toys LLC over rival MGA Entertainment's infringement of a board game patent, ruling a judge wrongly tripled a jury award because the infringement wasn't willful.

The appeals court affirmed the jury's verdict of infringement and validity of the patent but reversed the district court's finding of willful infringement, vacating a June 2013 award of trebled damages.

Writing for the three-judge panel, Circuit Judge Richard G. Taranto said that although MGA's defense — that the disputed patent was invalid — was rejected by a jury, the lower court erred in...

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