Hastings Business Law Journal


Erika Mayo


In recent years, the Federal Circuit has made an effort to rein in excessive or unfounded patent damages awards. In Uniloc v. Microsoft, the Federal Circuit granted a motion for retrial on the issue of damages, rejecting the validity of plaintiff’s damages expert testimony. This note advocates a broad reading of Uniloc and encourages trial courts to take a greater role in providing juries with sound methodology for assessing damages. Specifically, this article encourages the use of court-appointed damages experts to restore predictability in the U.S. patent system.