A decision recently released by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims represents both a victory and a cautionary tale for innovators aiming to develop and sell technology to the Federal Government. Liberty Ammunition, Inc. v. U.S., 2014 WL 7465773, (Fed. Cl. Dec. 19, 2014, reissued Dec. 31, 2014). In Liberty Ammunition, the Court awarded compensation for patent infringement in the form of a reasonable royalty plus interest, which could total over $100 million over the life of the patent. The case highlights a number of lessons for developers and Government contractors, and for federal procurement and intellectual property (IP) policy.
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