Source: News Bloomberg Law | May 1, 2020

The federal government must pay a patent owner $4.4 million in attorneys’ fees and costs in an infringement case involving Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Federal Circuit affirmed.

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which ruled that Oak Ridge infringed Hitkansut LLC’s patent, read the fee provision of the statute that allows patent suits against the government too broadly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held. But the fee award is still justified because the government’s argument that it didn’t infringe is unreasonable, it said.

The ruling marks the first time the Federal Circuit has interpreted the…