On July 8, 2010, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, by and through a Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., issued its conclusions on the issues of willful infringement and damages in LG Display Co., Ltd. v. AU Optronics Corp., et al., Civil Action No. 06-726-JJF (consolidated). With respect to willfulness, the Court concluded that AUO did not establish by clear and convincing evidence that LGD willfully infringed the asserted AUO patents that the Court had ruled in its prior Opinion (See Blog Posting of June 5, 2010) were infringed by LGD. In reaching its conclusion on willfulness, the Court found that AUO presented very little evidence of LGD’s prelitigation conduct and that LGD maintained plausible and credible defenses to infringement and plausible and credible arguments concerning invalidity of the asserted patents. Id. at 1-4.
With respect to damages for LGD’s infringement of the asserted AUO patents, the Court concluded that AUO is entitled to damages in the lump sum amount of $305,399, plus prejudgment and postjudgment interest. Id. at 6-14. The damages award was on the lower end of the damages range that AUO contended it was entitled to as a result of LGD’s infringement. Id. at 6. Given there was no finding of willful infringement by LGD and no other evidence presented by AUO sufficient for the Court to declare the case "exceptional" to justify an enhanced damages award, the Court declined to award AUO its attorneys’ fees pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285. Id. at 11-13.
A copy of the complete Opinion is attached.