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U.S. Gov. Liable $70m for Patent Infringement

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On December 19, 2014 the U.S. Court of Federal Claims found that the United States Army infringed on U.S. Pat. 7,748,325 for a Firearms Projectile that replaces lead-based ammunition.  The order was reissued publicly on December 31, 2014. Judge Charles Lettow found the patent valid and literally infringed by the U.S. Army.  The court initially awarded the patent owner $15,617,533.68 in damages as of April 30, 2013.  With interest, that judgment should be in the $25m range by the end of 2015 and approximately seventy (70) million dollars over the life of the patent. 


For a patent attorney, prosecuting this patent was a fond memory which included a face-to-face meeting with the patent examiner and the inventor.  We are pleased that the Court of Federal Claims found for our client and commend the litigation team on its outstanding efforts in pursuing justice. 

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