Injunctions and Damages for the Infringement of Patents under the UPCA - An Analysis in the Light of the Principle of Proportionality

90 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2023

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Benjamin Raue

University of Trier

Franz Hofmann

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Date Written: November 27, 2023

Abstract

The infringement of a patent regularly results in a claim for injunctive relief and damages. However, depending on the facts of an individual case an injunction might be disproportionate. An injunction might cause hardship for third parties, be contrary to the public interest or, first and foremost, disproportionately disadvantageous for the infringer (e.g. “hold-up”). In our study, we discuss the impact of proportionality considerations on permanent injunctions and damages under the UPCA, with a special focus on non-practicing patent assertion entities (PAEs) and complex products. We will not discuss interim injunctions or the issue of SEPs.

Keywords: Patent, UPC, UPCA, injunctions, damages, proportionality, non-practicing patent assertion entities (PAEs) , complex products

Suggested Citation

Raue, Benjamin and Hofmann, Franz, Injunctions and Damages for the Infringement of Patents under the UPCA - An Analysis in the Light of the Principle of Proportionality (November 27, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4645292 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4645292

Benjamin Raue (Contact Author)

University of Trier ( email )

15, Universitaetsring
Trier, 54286
Germany

Franz Hofmann

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg ( email )

Lange Gasse 20
Nürnberg, 90403
Germany

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