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Economic Analysis of Lost Profits From Patent Infringement With and Without Noninfringing Substitutes

American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Vol. 27, pp. 305-333, 1999

21 Pages Posted: 1 May 2000  

Gregory J. Werden

U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division

Luke Froeb

Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Lucian Wayne Beavers

Waddey and Patterson; Vanderbilt University

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Date Written: 1999

Abstract

This paper explains how basic microeconomics can be used to assess lost profits from patent infringement. The main suggested analysis is an adaptation of merger simulation. Observed prices and quantities are combined with estimated demand parameters to calibrate a model of the industry with infringement. Lost profits are then estimated by calculating an equilibrium without the infringing product(s). Simulation calculates the sales diversion, price erosion, and "quantity accretion" components of lost profits, and avoids the patent law analog to antitrust market delineation. Simulation provides a satisfactory methodology for assessing lost profits damages even in the presence of acceptable noninfringing substitutes. The facts of leading cases form the basis of illustrations.

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Werden, Gregory J. and Froeb, Luke and Beavers, Lucian Wayne, Economic Analysis of Lost Profits From Patent Infringement With and Without Noninfringing Substitutes (1999). American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Vol. 27, pp. 305-333, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=205669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.205669

Gregory J. Werden

U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division ( email )

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Luke M. Froeb (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics ( email )

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Lucian Wayne Beavers

Vanderbilt University

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Waddey and Patterson ( email )

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