The TSA violated a patent and now owes $103 million, the largest patent infringement damages award ever against the federal government because they’ve been knowingly doing this for 13 years.
The U.S. government owes a patent holding company at least $103 million because of the Transportation Security Administration’s misuse of its technology for handling trays at airport security checkpoints, a Washington, D.C.-based federal court said.
In an opinion made public Friday, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said the TSA used SecurityPoint Holdings Inc’s patented methods for most of its security screenings at the largest U.S. airports since 2008 without compensating it.
The verdict shows just how silly U.S. patent law has become, since the patent is for “send[ing] trays through a checkpoint and us[ing] two carts to move the trays back and forth” including “use [of] a cart to move trays from the end of the checkpoint back to the start.”
The firm, which appears to me to be patent trolls, had asked for $618 million, so it looks like we got off cheap.