On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal appeals
court on Wednesday revived Houston-based WesternGeco LLC's bid
for enhanced damages for patent infringement by ION Geophysical
Corp, but left intact its 2015 ruling that reduced the $106
million verdict by $93 million.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit unanimously agreed to send the case back to the
trial judge to reconsider WesternGeco's motion for enhanced
damages in light of the Supreme Court's June 2016 ruling in Halo
v. Pulse Electronics, which changed the standard for
enhancements. However, the panel continued to disagree on
whether the jury wrongly awarded damages for WesternGeco's lost
profits outside the U.S.
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