Ricoh v. Quanta Computer and Quanta Storage

On November 20, 2009, a jury in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin awarded Compass Lexecon client Ricoh $14.5 million in damages in a patent infringement lawsuit against Quanta Computer and Quanta Storage. The case involved patents on recordable DVD and CD drives, primarily used in notebook computers. The trial was bifurcated and in the initial phase of the trial the jury found that the patents were valid and infringed by Defendants. David Gross testified as the only Ricoh witness during the damages phase of the case. He provided a range of damages estimates with a lower bound of $11 million. Defendants called multiple damages witnesses including an economist who estimated an upper bound for damages of $3 million. The jury awarded Ricoh $14.5 million. Ricoh was represented by J.C. Rozendaal and Michael Guzman of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC.