Merchant & Gould Successfully Represents Rudolph Technologies Before Trial Court and on Appeal, Gaining Quick Affirmance of $14 Million Patent Infringement Judgment

February 4, 2016

Merchant & Gould is pleased to have represented Rudolph Technologies, Inc. in recently securing an appellate victory in a patent infringement dispute with Camtek, Ltd. over semiconductor chip inspection technology.

On Feb. 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard arguments on Camtek’s appeal of a lower court decision finding that Camtek, Ltd. infringed Rudolph’s U.S. Patent No. 6,826,298 and awarding $14.5 million in damages and interest and an injunction.  U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim entered judgment in February 2015. Well-known trial and appellate lawyer Daniel McDonald represents Rudolph before the district court and also argued the appeal on behalf of Rudolph.

In a resounding victory just two days after the appeal argument, the Court of Appeals issued a short order on Feb. 3, 2016 affirming the judgment in its entirety.

The Merchant & Gould trial and appellate team was led by McDonald and included attorneys Rachel Hughey, Will Schultz, Tom Johnson, Michael Erbele, Emily Wessels and Linhda Nguyen.

McDonald related that Rudolph is pleased with the “quick and complete appellate victory,” which he said also affirms a continuing injunction against Camtek’s sales of its Falcon inspection systems.

For more information, read the Rudolph Technologies press release regarding the decision, or view Law360 coverage of the affirmed decision (restricted by subscription access).