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Simplifying Complex Technology and Explaining Mind-Boggling Damages

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The patents at issue comprised only six of 663 patents (i.e., about one-
percent) in thirty-one different areas of technology. This point refutes
plaintiff’s claims that its patents were absolutely crucial to the printer’s
success and that its royalty demand of about fifteen-percent of the
wholesale price of a typical printer was reasonable.

Ink-jet printers achieve their speed and high print quality by utilizing complex imaging software algorithms. In this case a technology transfer organization for patents developed by a University alleged the defendant infringed on its patent for “blue noise mask” halftone algorithm used in some of its products.


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