CRA Insights

Evaluating the “next best” alternative when determining a reasonable royalty for patent infringement damages

June 2024
Scales of justice | Charles River Associates

In the context of a reasonable royalty analysis for patent infringement damages, accused infringers often consider their next best alternative when evaluating the royalty they would be willing to pay for a hypothetical license to the asserted patent(s).

In this CRA Insights, the authors discuss recent rulings regarding which party bears the burden of proof related to non-infringing alternatives, when and by what means those alternatives need to be disclosed, and how those alternatives impact the reasonable royalty analysis.

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