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Federal Judge Doubles Client Johnstech’s Jury Award To $1.5 Million

August 16, 2018

A California federal district court judge has doubled the jury award granted to Anthony Ostlund client Johnstech International Corp. in its dispute against a competitor for willful patent infringement to $1.5 million.

In September 2016, a San Francisco jury awarded Johnstech $637,000 against competitor, JF Microtechnology (JFM), for willful patent infringement. JFM challenged the verdict through post-trial motions, all the while continuing to sell the infringing product. 

On June 8, 2018, U.S. District Judge James Donato denied JFM’s motion to overturn the verdict or grant a new trial and permanently enjoined JFM from further infringement. On August 6, 2018, Johnstech was awarded supplemental damages for sales that occurred after the period the jury considered and enhanced the entire award by 25% due to JFM’s willfulness. In the end, Johnstech will receive a total award of $1,514,429.

Trial counsel for Johnstech were Anthony Ostlund attorneys Courtland Merrill and Dan Hall, and paralegal Brittney LaFontaine

The Johnstech case was featured in a Minnesota Lawyer article titled "Minnesota patent holder wins at trial." Click here for PDF of article.

For a copy of the Judge’s Order regarding Supplemental and Enhanced Damages, and Attorney's Fees, click here.

For a Law360 article titled "Johnstech Gets Chip Tester IP Award Doubled To $1.5M”, click here.