Monday, January 24, 2011

Power Integrations awarded additional $6M damages from Fairchild

The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has awarded Power Integrations double damages in their successful patent infringement lawsuit against Fairchild Semiconductor. Quoting from last week's court opinion," Thus, the Court, under the totality of the circumstances, will not treble damages but will instead award an increase of doubling the original approximately $6 million dollar award. This enhancement will sufficiently serve the punitive function of enhanced damages. Therefore, Power's motion for enhanced damages is GRANTED to the extent that Power's damages will be enhanced two times (i.e., 200 percent). Fairchild will be ordered to pay Power damages in the amount of $12,233,441.16."