Federal Circuit rules for Quanta Computer on patent damages

The Federal Circuit overturned a damage award in a patent infringement case in which Competition Economics and Director Brett Reed have been involved for many years, consulting with counsel for Quanta and providing trial testimony on two occasions. A copy of the opinion is available here, summarizing the history of the case and various rulings negating jury awards on damages.

LaserDynamics, Inc. initially brought suit against Quanta Computer U.S.A., Inc. and Quanta Storage America, Inc. in 2006 for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,587,981. The patent is directed to a method of optical disc discrimination that essentially enables an optical disc drive (“ODD”) to automatically identify the type of optical disc that is inserted into the ODD.

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