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On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision that could be a game-changer for patent owners and accused infringers alike. In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the Supreme Court made it easier for patent owners to prove willful infringement. Because a finding of willful infringement carries with it the risk that the court may triple the jury’s damages award, the Supreme Court’s decision could impact the risk profile of every patent infringement case for the foreseeable future.
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