Monday, June 4, 2018

Valuation Cap Based on Difference Between Prior Offer to Sell and Prior Offer to License Patent-in-Suit Does Not Render Expert Opinion Unreliable

The court denied plaintiff's motion to strike portions of the rebuttal report of defendants' damages expert because his theory capping the value of a patent-in-suit based on prior licensing negotiations was not unreliable. "Plaintiff complains about [the expert's] conclusion that, because [a technology transfer company] offered to sell the [patent-in-suit] to [a third party] for $100 million in December 2011 and to license the patent for $70 million in March 2012, the $30 million difference means the value of [the patent] to all other potential licensees cannot be more than 30% of the value of the patent. . . . That the Federal Circuit may not have endorsed a damages theory does not make such a theory incorrect or unreliable -- it simply means it’s untested by an appellate court. Also, although Plaintiff may disagree with [the expert's] ultimate conclusion and reasoning, he clearly considered the passage of three years after [the transfer company's] negotiations with [the third party] in his analysis."

Kaist IP US LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al, 2-16-cv-01314 (TXED May 31, 2018, Order) (Payne, MJ)

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