Presidio Components suffers setback in pursuit of modified damages in federal court

By Charmaine Little | May 6, 2018

Presidio Components' efforts to have a court increase its more than $2 million award in a patent infringement case fell short in an April 9 opinion.

SAN DIEGO – Presidio Components' efforts to have a court increase its more than $2 million award in a patent infringement case fell short in an April 9 opinion.

Presidio requested a motion for reconsideration and modification in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California based on the court’s scheduling order filed in February. The court denied Presidio’s request for reconsideration and modification because, .

Presidio first filed a complaint against American Technical Ceramics Corp. (ATC) with accusations that ATC violated patent infringement regulations of U.S. Patent No. 6, 816, 356 (“the ‘356 patent”) in September 2014. The patent was originally issued in November 2004 after the application was filed in May 2002.

The case went to trial in April 2016 and Presidio was rewarded $2,166,654 in damages. While that was a major win for the company, since then, it has not been able to prove to the trial court that it should have been given more than that.

The court then issued a scheduling order on February 16, 2018 to schedule a damages retrial for Tuesday, May 22. Presidio was ordered to provide the latest details for the supplemental damages report. Presidio in turn asked for reconsideration and modification of the scheduling order. 

It claimed the federal court made a mistake when it required the damages in the retrial only cover the timeframe considered in the initial infringement trial. Presidio also requested that evidence discovered after the evidence should be included in the scheduling order, the court denied that claim.

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