Judge Weighs Jury Consideration of Future Damages in Patent Suits

, The National Law Journal

Lawyers for patent infringement cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas were put on notice in July that juries in their trials may take up the question of "future damages" for ongoing violations of a patent. U.S. District Judge Ron Clark, who sits in Beaumont, sent an identical July order to lawyers in nine Eastern District cases, saying that "under some circumstances, the court may award an ongoing royalty for patent infringement in lieu of injunctive relief."

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