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Chase Means

is an intellectual property attorney at the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. Chase’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, counseling, and Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) before the USPTO. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and has previously published an article in the University of Illinois Law Review on the topic of willful infringement and enhanced damages. That article was cited in one of the Halo/Stryker Amicus Briefs, which was cited extensively in Justice Breyer’s concurrence and prepared on behalf of Netflix, Inc., Twitter, Inc., Mozilla Corp., LinkedIn Corp., and more. For more information, or to contact Chase, please visit his firm profile page.

Recent Articles by Chase Means

Has the Supreme Court Breathed New Life into Patent Trolls in Halo and Stryker?

The chance of a court tripling damages for patent infringement has significantly increased. The Supreme Court, Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., et al. and Stryker Corporation, et al. v. Zimmer, Inc., et al., granted district courts more discretion to award enhanced damages for willful patent infringement. However, the Court’s recent decision could have unintended consequences. The Supreme Court’s relaxation of the requirements for willful infringement could be a game changer for patent trolls.