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On May 26, 2021, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington denied both defendant Valve Corporation’s (“Valve”) motion for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial, and plaintiff Ironburg Inventions Ltd.’s  (“Ironburg”) motion for enhanced treble damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 284.  On February 1, 2021, the jury had found Valve willfully infringed Claims 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 18 of Ironburg’s U.S. Patent No. 8,641,525 (the ‘525 Patent), awarding Ironburg $4,029,533.93 in damages. Ironburg Inventions Ltd. v. Valve Corp., C17-1182 TSZ at *1 (W.D. Wash. May 26, 2021).  The ‘525 Patent was directed towards an “improved controller for a game console” with “two additional controls located on the back in positions to be operated by the middle fingers of a user.” (‘525 Patent at Abstract). Id. at *2.

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