Fed. Circ. Tosses $16.7M Jury Award, Nixes Auto Parts IP

Law360, New York (December 12, 2016, 7:02 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday reversed a Texas federal court’s decision not to grant judgment to Hilite International Inc. after a jury awarded an inventor $16.7 million in an infringement suit over three auto parts patents.

The appellate court panel determined that because the asserted claims of Jean Melchior’s patents should have been found to have been anticipated or made obvious by prior art, the Northern District of Texas should have tossed the jury’s verdict and invalidated the claims, according to its opinion.

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