FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2012
Contact: Erika Harmon Arner, 571.203.2754
Federal Circuit Clears Finnegan Client Lawson Software in Reversal of Patent Infringement Decision
WASHINGTON, DC - On November 21, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gave Finnegan client Lawson Software, Inc. a nearly complete win against ePlus, Inc. ePlus had sued Lawson in district court, seeking $24 million in damages and an injunction against Lawson’s software sales. The district court had found that Lawson infringed five claims of two different patents and had granted a permanent injunction. In ePlus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc., 2011-1396, -1456, -1554 (Fed. Cir. November 21, 2012), the Federal Circuit determined that ePlus was not entitled to any damages, affirming the district court’s findings that ePlus’s expert report was faulty and that striking damages was an appropriate sanction. The Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s findings of infringement on four of the five patent claims, finding two invalid and two not infringed, with the result that Lawson’s main software product is now clear of any infringement claim.
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