Federal Circuit Grants Retrial for CalAmp in Fleet Tracking Suit, Overturning $15M Judgment

April 13, 2019

The Federal Circuit has reversed a $15M final judgment in an Omega Patents LLC suit against CalAmp, ordering a new trial for many of the issues addressed in a February 2016 willful infringement verdict (2018-1309). In a precedential opinion issued on April 8, the Federal Circuit affirmed the jury’s finding that the company had directly infringed a single claim from one patent but granted a new trial as to two other patents, also issuing a judgment of noninfringement for certain claims from one of those two patents. The appeals court also granted a retrial as to the infringement of two of the patents-in-suit by CalAmp’s customers. Additionally, the Federal Circuit ordered a new trial on inducement based on the prejudicial exclusion of testimony by a CalAmp executive and its outside counsel. The Federal Circuit further reversed and remanded as to the jury’s finding of willfulness and overturned the lower court’s enhanced damages award.

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