LaserDynamics, Inc. v. Quanta Computer, Inc., No. 11-1440 (Fed. Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
LaserDynamics owns the 981 Patent, issued in 1996, directed to a method of optical disc discrimination that essentially enables an optical disc drive to automatically identify the type of optical disc (CD or DVD) inserted into the ODD. LaserDynamics entered into at least 29 licensing agreements from 1998 to 2003 for lump sum amounts of $1 million or less. QSI is a manufacturer of ODDs headquartered in Taiwan. QSI first sold its ODDs for integration into laptop computers in the U.S. in 2001. In 2002, LaserDynamics offered QSI a license under the 981 Patent, but QSI disputed whether its ODDs were within the scope of the patent and declined the offer. In 2006, LaserDynamics brought suit against QCI (a parent that manufactures laptop computers of QSI) and QSI for infringement. The Federal Circuit remanded regarding the damages owed by QCI pertaining to the infringing ODDs not purchased by QCI via specific suppliers, and for which QCI does not have an implied license to the 981 Patent. On remand, the hypothetical negotiation date shall be set in 2003.