02 Micro Internat. Ltd. v. Monolithic Power Systems – Case Brief Summary (Federal Court)

In 02 Micro Internat. Ltd. v. Monolithic Power Systems (N.D.Cal. 2005) 399 F.Supp.2d 1064, the jury found that the plaintiff was entitled to recover for one misappropriated secret when the plaintiff's evidence was based upon the defendant's misappropriation of 11 secrets. Since there was no reasonable basis upon which the jury could have determined what portion of the defendant's enrichment was related to only one secret, unjust enrichment was not provable. (Id. at p. 1077.) Because neither unjust enrichment nor damages had been proven, the trial court granted the plaintiff's request for a reasonable royalty. (Ibid.)