No damages may be awarded for acts of infringement before publication of the application for a patent1 or more than six years before the proceedings were brought2. Damages run from the time when the claimants, or one of them, became the equitable owner of the patent, although the legal title must have been complete before action3 and, in any event, a patent may be assigned or licensed together with the right to claim damages for previous infringements4. Damages are assessed on all acts of infringement down to
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