This morning the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in a patent case appealed from the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The opinion addresses issues related to willful infringement, enhanced damages, and attorney fees. Here is the introduction to the opinion.
SRI International, Inc. v. Cisco Systems Inc. (Precedential)
SRI International, Inc. appeals the United States District Court for the District of Delaware’s denial of its motion to reinstate the jury’s willfulness verdict and to reinstate the district court’s award of enhanced damages. Cisco Systems, Inc. cross-appeals the district court’s award of attorney fees and expenses. Because substantial evidence supports the jury’s finding of willful infringement, we reverse the district court’s denial of SRI’s motion to reinstate the willfulness verdict. Having restored the jury’s willfulness finding, we also restore the district court’s award of enhanced damages. Finally, we affirm the district court’s award of attorney fees.