BITMANAGEMENT SOFTWARE GMBH v. USA
UNREPORTED OPINION and ORDER. Signed by Senior Judge Edward J. Damich. (hem) Service on parties made.
In the United States Court of Federal Claims
(Filed Under Seal: November 1, 2022)
(Re-Issued for Publication: November 18, 2022) 1
BITMANAGEMENT SOFTWARE GMBH,
THE UNITED STATES,
Software; Licenses; Actual
Usage; Damages; Remand; 28
U.S.C. § 1498(b); 28 U.S.C. §
Brent J. Gurney, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington DC, with
whom were Leon T. Kenworthy, Michael Carpenter, and Mark Fleming, Of Counsel, Wilmer
Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, for Plaintiff.
Scott Bolden, Deputy Director, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United
States Department of Justice, Washington DC, with whom were Michael Granston, Deputy
Assistant Attorney General, and Gary L. Hausken, Director, for Defendant. Patrick C. Holvey,
United States Department of Justice, Jennifer S. Bowmar and Andrew P. Zager, United States
Department of the Navy, Of Counsel.
OPINION AND ORDER
On February 5, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated
and remanded this Court’s decision in Bitmanagement Software GMBH v. United States, 989
F.3d 938 (Fed. Cir. 2021)(“Bit II”). The majority of the panel agreed with this Court’s opinion,
Bitmanagement Software GMBH v. United States, 144 Fed. Cl. 646 (2019) (“Bit I”), that there
was an implied license between Bitmanagement Software GMBH (“Bitmanagement” or
“Plaintiff”) and the Navy regarding the Navy’s use of Plaintiff’s software. However, the
majority found that the implied license required the use of the Flexera software to monitor the
Navy’s use of Plaintiff’s software as a condition precedent to the implied license, observing that
“this condition rendered reasonable the otherwise objectively unreasonable decision of
This reissued Opinion and Order incorporates the agree-to redactions proposed by the
parties. The redactions are indicated with “[
Bitmanagement to allow the Navy to make unlimited copies of its commercial product.” Bit II,
989 F.3d at 950. Consequently, the Navy’s copying of Plaintiff’s software was an infringement. 2
As a result, the Federal Circuit tasked this Court with determining damages taking the
form of a hypothetical negotiation. Id. at 951-52 n.5. In order to do so, the Federal Circuit
directed this Court to look at the Gaylord line of cases as a guide. 3 The Federal Circuit further
directed this Court to focus on the “actual usage” of Plaintiff’s software because of the Navy’s
statement: “Contrary to Bitmanagement’s argument [ ], it is not entitled to recover the cost of a
seat license for each installation.” Id. Instead, “the proper measure of damages shall be
determined by the Navy’s actual usage of BS Contact Geo in excess of the limited usage
contemplated by the parties’ implied license.” Id.
In addition, concerning the computation of damages, the Federal Circuit recognized that
the program was copied in two different ways: by an OCX file or EXE file. Regarding the OCX
file, the Federal Circuit held that “at no point [was the OCX file] properly monitored by
Flexera.” Id. at 951-52. Regarding the EXE file version, the Federal Circuit held that the extent
to which “the EXE version was monitored by Flexera [this] appears to be disputed.” Id. The
parties were, therefore, to take into consideration the distinction between the EXE file and the
web plug-in file (OCX) in its damages’ calculation. The parties, however, agree that this
distinction is irrelevant to the calculation of damages. 4
And finally, the Federal Circuit held that “[a]s the party who breached the Flexera
requirement in the implied license, the Navy bears the burden of proving its actual usage of the
BS Contact Geo software and the extent to which any of it fell within the bounds of any existing
license.” Id. at 951-52 n.5.
In response to the remand, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Entry of Judgment alleging
damages in the amount of $155,400,000. ECF No. 136. The United States (“the Navy” or
“Defendant”) filed its opposition and cross-motion. ECF No. 139. Neither party satisfied this
Court with its reasoning for their damages’ calculation; therefore, the Court requested additional
briefing. After three rounds of additional briefing, 5 the Court determined that the testimony of
Defendant’s expert witness, David Kennedy, who had been precluded from testifying in the
original trial, was now relevant. See ECF No. 171. Therefore, the Court reopened the record and
heard the testimony of Mr. Kennedy on June 14, 2022. Plaintiff was afforded the opportunity to
“Thus, while the Navy had an implied-in-fact license to copy BS Contact Geo onto its
computers, the Navy’s failure to abide by the Flexera condition of that license renders its
copying of the program copyright infringement.” Bit II at 951.
See Gaylord v. United States, 678 F.3d 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (“Gaylord II”) ; Gaylord
v. United States, 112 Fed. Cl. 539 (2013), aff’d 777 F.3d 1363 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (“Gaylord III”).
In their respective briefs, ECF No. 155 at 5, ECF No. 158 at 4, the parties state that the
distinction between the Navy’s use of BS Contact Geo’s desktop executable file (EXE) and web
browser plugin file (OCX) is irrelevant because the condition of the implied license “could not
have been met by monitoring only half of each copy.” ECF No. 155 at 5 (quoting Bit II at 951).
ECF Nos. 146, 148, 152, 154, 155, 160, 162, 162.
have the Court hear a rebuttal witness, but Plaintiff declined. Final briefs were then filed by the
parties, ECF Nos. 184,186. Plaintiff’s damages calculations remained the same. Defendant
offered three damage calculations, $115,800, $235,00 or $200,000 plus delay compensation, to
be determined at a later date, with regard to each amount. 6 ECF No. 186-1. The case is now ripe
for a final decision on damages, notwithstanding the delay compensation award.
For the reasons set forth below, the Court awards $154,400 plus delayed compensation
(to be determined) in damages.
Findings of Fact
A. Bitmanagement I 7
In 2002, Peter Schickel and Alex Koerfer created Bitmanagement, a German company.
In 2005, Bitmanagement began working with David Collee of Planet 9 Studios to market and sell
Bitmanagement’s software in the United States. Bitmanagement sold its software on a “PC
license” -basis as well as “website” or “subdomain licenses.” Bitmanagement’s “core product”
was named BS Contact. In 2006, an upgraded product, BS Contact Geo, was released. At this
time, Bitmanagement controlled the use of the downloaded products through separately-provided
In 2006, the Navy was developing a software product, SPIDERS 3D, a web-based
platform that provided a virtual reality environment for use by the Navy to view and optimize
configuration of Navy facilities. In developing this program, the Navy purchased one PC license
of Bitmanagement’s BS Contact Geo for $990. This product was to work in tandem with a Navy
product as the rendering component.
BS Contact Geo included both a desktop executable file (EXE version) and a web
browser plugin file (OCX version). The standalone desktop executable version (EXE) allowed
users to launch the software as a standalone application to view three-dimensional data. The
plugin version (OCX) worked in conjunction with a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, so
that when a user accesses three-dimensional data on the internet, the BS Contact Geo plugin is
programmed to automatically launch within the web browser to render data.
The Navy determined that Bitmanagement’s usual licensing scheme, a per-seat license,
would not work for the Navy’s secure environment; as a result, Bitmanagement expressed its
The Defendant acknowledges that Plaintiff is entitled to delayed compensation. ECF
No. 186 at 20. Prior to trial, the parties stipulated to the delay compensation rate. See Stip ¶
As the Federal Circuit did not disrupt this Court’s findings of fact in Bit I, the Court
repeats the findings of fact as found in Bit I relevant to this opinion.
willingness to consider other licensing schemes. Therefore, Bitmanagement provided customdesigned licensing files to the Navy that were not PC specific.
In 2008, the Navy procured 100 seat licenses of BS Contact Geo for $300 per license. By
2010 the Navy had deployed 80 of the 100 licenses purchased through the 2008 Navy Purchase
Order, leaving it with 20 undeployed licenses. To upgrade these last 20 licenses, the Navy paid
$125 per license.
In 2011, the Navy suggested using the Flexera license manager application in conjunction
with a floating license system. The server would track the users in the domain/sub-domain and,
as a server-based license manager, it would limit the number of simultaneous users that can
access a “Flexera enabled” software program by allowing the program to run only if the number
of persons using the program is less than the number of available licenses. It is also referred to
as “FlexWrapped” software. When a FlexWrapped program is opened, the program alerts the
license server that the program is in use, and when the FlexWrapped program closes, it alerts the
license server that it is no longer in use.
Late 2011, the Navy explained to Bitmanagement that the Navy would deploy the 20
licenses of the upgraded BS Contact Geo version 7.215 within the Navy’s NMCI 8 network. The
Navy reiterated that it would be using a server-side license key management approach in order to
track the usage and demand of the 20 license keys. The Navy and Bitmanagement understood
that BS Contact Geo would be deployed over a broad spectrum of the network and that the use of
BS Contact Geo would be limited by the Flexera license manager application.
Then, in 2012, the Navy procured 18 copies of BS Contact Geo 7.215 for $305 per
license for a total of $5,490.
Beginning in July 2013, the Navy began to install another upgraded product, BS Contact
Geo version 8.011, on all non-classified NMCI computers running Windows. Flexera was to
monitor and restrict the program use.
The Navy and Bitmanagement had a good relationship and Bitmanagement touted the
roll-out of its product to the Navy in advertising and presentations.
On September 15, 2015, the Navy executed a purchase of 88 BS Contact Geo application
license keys for $350 per license for a total of $30,800, with an option to purchase an additional
80 licenses of BS Contact Geo version 8.001 for $370 per license. Bitmanagement did not
provide the license keys, and the contract was terminated.
“NMCI” refers to Navy Marine Corps Intranet, which is “the largest private computer
network in the world” and comprises all Navy computers in the continental United States. Stip.
¶ 81; Tr. 843:7–15 (Chambers).
On July 15, 2016, Bitmanagement filed the present suit. In September 2016, the Navy
uninstalled BS Contact Geo from all of its computers and subsequently reinstalled the software
on 34 seats, for inventory purposes.
B. Additional Findings of Fact from Trial - April 2019
1. Bitmanagement Finances, Sales, and Types of Sales Offered
In 2013, Bitmanagement’s yearly operating revenue was declining by approximately
50%, See D122.25-26, and was only completing a few licenses per year with respect to BS
Contact Geo. See P011.2-4. As of August 2013, Bitmanagement’s revenues were derived from
sales of BS Contact, related variants (including BS Contact Geo), and associated services. See
Stip. ¶ 23. For 2013, Bitmanagement reported sales revenues of €341,470.50 (compared with
€736,269.07 in 2012), and a net profit of €936.55 (compared with a net loss of €92,477.85 in
2012). See D122.25-26.
Also, in mid-2013, the number of downloads of Bitmanagement’s free test version of BS
Contact Geo was declining. See D515.4. This, according to Bitmanagement, was due to the fact
that potential customers for BS Contact Geo were also considering the use of X3DOM – a free,
open-source framework for 3D graphics. See D131.47 (comparing rendering speeds); Tr. 123:825:25 (Schickel). 9 X3DOM permits a user to view X3D rendering in a browser without
separate plugin software. Tr. 75:6-9 (Schickel); Tr. 727:9-28:17 (Colleen); Tr. 1140:9-42:4, Tr.
Discounts were offered as the number of licenses purchased increased. See generally
J027.1. For instance, in 2005, Bitmanagement proposed offering 500 licenses of BS Contact
VRML/X3D to t h e N av y f or $1.98/license. Stip. ¶ 40; J001.1-3; J002.5. Then, in 2010,
Bitmanagement authorized Planet 9 to offer a license for 50,000 seats of BS Contact to the Navy
for $10/seat. See J009.2-7; Tr. 686:1-14 (Colleen); D209.1. And in 2014, in a sale of its BS
Contact, Bitmanagement proposed a PC-license price of €85/license for an order of more than
251 licenses of BS Contact Geo, as well as offering “an unlimited business license for BS
Contact Geo on up to 3000 PCs for a one-time package price of €125,000.” See D149.1.
On the open market, Bitmanagement offered several standard licensing types for BS
Contact Geo: PC licensing, Website licensing, OEM licensing, CD-ROM/DVD, and IP-range
licensing. D108.1-3; J27.1-2; D136.2; Tr. 603:9-11; Tr. 160:5-9. OEM Licensing is defined as
“the original equipment manufacturer.” Tr. 1046:19 (McCarns). OEM Licensing is software
that “is being integrated into something of the client, and that could be either hardware or
software.” Tr. 603:9-11 (Koerfer). An IP-Range License refers to a license in which “a number
of computers” are placed in a “license file,” and computers “with the right IP address” can view
the content. Tr. 160:5-9 (Schickel). In its dealings with the Navy, Bitmanagement told the Navy
This transcript is derived from the proceedings held on April 22, 2019, through April 25, 2019.
(ECF Nos. 122-125).
that it was open to other types of licensing. See J005.4-5; D119.1; D120.1-2; see also D160.1
(citing the Navy as a “[s]pecial licensing model”).
In trying to sell BS Contact, Bitmanagement told potential customers that its website
licenses allowed for unlimited downloads, installations, and/or use of its software in connection
with the website. See D016.1; D089.1; D094.1; D103.3; D108.2; D140.3; Tr. 605:18-06:3,
Bitmanagement’s website licenses were also based “on the general expected usage of the
viewer in a specific time from a respective Internet or Intranet-address” and identified, inter alia,
the following factors as relevant to pricing:
What concept BS Contact is used for (e.g. non commercial/small or commercial/big)?
For how long do you need a license (e.g. one year or unlimited)?
How many expected users downloading and using BS Contact on that website do you
expect per month?
Stip. ¶ 25; J027.1; Tr. 513:5-25 (Graff) (testifying that the listed factors were appropriate for any
type of negotiated license).
Sales included website/subdomain licenses of BS Contact Geo to approximately four
customers. See Stip. ¶ 26; P011.3-4. None of Bitmanagement’s website licenses restricted the
number of downloads. See D029.1-47; D116.1-9; Tr. 121:12-23:7 (Schickel). None of the
website licenses restricted the number of users. See id.
In addition, Bitmanagement sometimes offered IP- range licensing for its software. See
Tr. 340:7-41:23 (Schickel) (“This is . . . an IP range way for licensing which is basically a
website license.”); D136.2. Using this scheme, Bitmanagement installed its software on 50,000
PCs for a university. See D119.1. Bitmanagement witnesses could not remember the details of
the transaction, but Mr. Schickel described  it as “a very minor sale.” Tr. 341:19-23 (Schickel);
Tr. 623:1-24 (Koerfer); Tr. 1165:17-66:20 (Brutzman).
Another option offered by Bitmanagement was OEM licenses for situations where its
software was integrated into other hardware or software. See Tr. 603:7-11 (Koerfer). In an
offer to a potential customer, Bitmanagement stated that the price for a PC license, website
license, or OEM license was the “same[,] based on the number of users/licenses per year.”
D157.1; see also Tr. 617:7-10 (Koerfer).
2. The Navy’s Tracking by Flexera and Use of BS Contact Geo
On February 9, 2014, the Navy sent Bitmanagement three Flexera usage reports from
August 31, 2013, through February 1, 2014. See Stip. ¶ 95; D123. These reports only tracked
the Navy’s use of the BS Contact Geo executable file; they did not track the Navy’s use of the
plugin file because Flexera license manager did not monitor or control the use of the BS Contact
Geo plugin as it was supposed to do. Stip. ¶ 95; P257 ¶¶ 120-121; Tr 889:5-90:25 (Chambers).
The Navy disabled Flexera for the EXE version altogether in 2015. Tr. 891:25-92:20
(Chambers). For the entire three-year period that the software was installed on computers across
the Navy’s network and elsewhere until it was removed in 2016, the Navy does not have access
records for the plugin version of BS Contact Geo for any of those years, or of the desktop
application for one of those years. 10 Stip. ¶ 95; P257 ¶¶ 120-121; Tr 889:5-90:25 (Chambers);
The Navy used BS Contact Geo to render X3D for SPIDERS 3D between July 2013 and
November 2017. 11 Stip. ¶ 28. The Navy did not need BS Contact Geo for any other purpose.
See Tr. 905:10-17, 936:4-14 (Viana). The Navy admitted at trial to copying BS Contact Geo
onto 429,604 NMCI computers. Tr. 1113:17-19 (Vadnais). The Navy also admitted that the
software was on 21 ONE-Net computers 12 in August 2016, and the Navy gave one copy to a
Navy contractor who supported SPIDERS 3D. See ECF No. 139 at 32 n.18.
The date of the hypothetical negotiation is July 18, 2013. See ECF 162 at 7 (citing ECF
137 at 31; ECF 148 at 10).
C. Expert Witnesses
1. Testimony of George L. Graff, April 2019
Bitmanagement called George L. Graff (“Mr. Graff”) as its damages’ expert. Mr. Graff
is an attorney, a neutral mediator, and an arbitrator. Tr. 28:6-9. He has been involved in
different aspects of hundreds of license agreements. Tr. 30:6-9. In his professional experience,
he has also engaged in software valuation. Tr. 38:8-12.
Mr. Graff testified that damages would take the form of a hypothetical negotiation for the
Navy’s infringing use where the parties would have agreed to a final negotiated price of $259 per
copy for each of the 600,000 copies of BS Contact Geo made by the Navy. Graff Direct ¶¶ 6365. Mr. Graff’s damages calculations focused on the number of copies made, not actual usage.
Mr. Graff further testified that the $259 per copy price represented more than a 75% discount
from Bitmanagement’s full retail price for BS Contact Geo during the relevant time. Graff
Direct ¶ 58; J027.
As a starting point in a hypothetical negotiation, Mr. Graff explained that the parties
would have relied on the commercial price of a seat license for BS Contact Geo—approximately
$1,046—plus the parties’ extensive commercial history negotiating for actual licenses to
Bitmanagement’s software. Graff Direct ¶¶ 41-48; J027.1. Thus, according to Mr. Graff, the
As stated previously, the parties indicate that the difference is irrelevant.
The stipulation states that BS Contact Geo was used until November 2017. However,
the damages period ended in 2016.
“ONE-NET, for all intents and purposes, is a separate network which is quite simply an
NMCI or the outside continental United States.” See Tr. 849:3-6 (Chambers).
parties would have started the hypothetical negotiations using the price that the Navy agreed to
pay for the closest equivalent to what the Navy actually copied: the $350-$370 per copy that the
Navy agreed to pay to license BS Contact Geo in 2015. Graff Direct ¶ 48. The rate of $370 per
license already represented a 65% discount off the retail price for BS Contact Geo. Stip. ¶¶ 8990; P257 ¶¶ 30-31; J027.1. This amount, Mr. Graff opined, would most likely be further reduced
by an agreed volume discount. Graff Direct ¶¶ 52-56.
Mr. Graff relied on evidence of comparable negotiations of what he considered a
comparable product. In particular, Mr. Graff reviewed the Navy’s contract to purchase seat
licenses for AutoCAD software, a 3D rendering software program. This contract, based on
projected spending of $81 million, was negotiated at a 22% discount off the list price as well as
an additional discount of 1% for each million dollars in any single order up to a maximum
additional discount of 10%, for a total maximum compounded discount of approximately 30%.
Id. ¶¶ 54-55; see also P083.6-P083.79.
Using the AutoCAD software seat licenses as a reference, Mr. Graff concluded that
Bitmanagement and the Navy would have agreed to a similar discount of 30% off the $370 per
copy price for BS Contact Geo 8.001, and the Navy would have ultimately purchased 600,000
PC licenses of BS Contact Geo for $259 per license for a total price of $155,400,000. Graff
Direct ¶¶ 48, 52-58; 63-65; see also P083.6-P083.79.
2. Testimony of David Kennedy, June 14, 2022
Mr. David Kennedy (“Mr. Kennedy”) graduated with a degree in accounting and became
a certified public accountant (“CPA”) in 1987. (2022) Tr. 31:21-32:2. 13 Then he began working
for Coopers & Lybrand, which is now Pricewaterhouse Coopers. (2022) Tr. 31:25-32:2. In
2013, Mr. Kennedy became a Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group. (2022) Tr. 30:1213. In this position, he “manage[s] a number of consulting teams that value intellectual property,
negotiate intellectual property transactions, and then also assist[s] clients in litigation to
determine the outcome of a hypothetical negotiation and therefore the damages that would be
related to infringement.” (2022) Tr. 30:17-22. Mr. Kennedy’s responsibilities as a Managing
Director also include working with companies to “value their intellectual property and help them
establish their intellectual property royalty rates.” (2022) Tr. 31:5-7. In addition, Mr. Kennedy
has “helped investors raise capital to acquire intellectual property,” and he has “helped
companies that have patents to sell those patents when they’re not using them to other companies
who are interested in buying them.” (2022) Tr. 31:8-12.
Mr. Kennedy has received an award, “IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP,” in
recognition as the world’s leading intellectual property strategists for the past ten years. (2022)
Tr. 32:3-10. He has negotiated over 200 patent-related license agreements, which includes
patent sales, negotiations between the parties where he negotiated on behalf of one of the parties,
and software licenses. (2022) Tr. 32:12-17. While serving as an investor and the chairman of a
company, he negotiated license agreements with other companies for their copyrighted software.
(2022) Tr. 32:24-33:5.
This transcript is derived from the proceedings held on June 14, 2022. (ECF No. 183).
In addition, he has reviewed over 1,000 different license agreements relating to
intellectual property. (2022) Tr. 33:20-24. Mr. Kennedy has provided analysis in litigation
involving intellectual property matters on 50 different occasions. (2022) Tr. 34:1-3. In cases
involving intellectual property, Mr. Kennedy has been accepted by courts as either a damages
expert or licensing expert, or both, approximately 10 to 12 times. (2022) Tr. 34:12-18. He has
also been accepted as a damages’ expert in the Court of Federal Claims about 7 times. (2022)
On February 27, 2019, Bitmanagement moved in limine to partially exclude Mr.
Kennedy’s testimony. See ECF No. 53. Instead, the Court completely excluded his testimony
holding that his focus on “actual use” improperly conflated the exclusive rights protected by
copyright law with those protected by patent law. See ECF No. 80 at 4-5. Thus, the Court
concluded that Mr. Kennedy used the incorrect legal standard, therefore, the testimony was
unreliable. Id. at 5.
After the Federal Circuit’s remand opinion which expressly indicated that “damages shall
be determined by the Navy’s actual usage,” ECF No. 23 n. 5, the Defendant requested that this
Court reconsider its exclusion of Mr. Kennedy’s testimony, which it did. See ECF No. 171 at 24. Thereafter, the trial was re-opened to hear the testimony of Mr. Kennedy.
In his testimony, Mr. Kennedy assumed copyright infringement, see, e.g. (2022) Tr.
38:5-11, 47:10-19, and he opined on the fair market value of the Navy’s actual use of the
assumed infringing copies. In contrast to Mr. Graff, Mr. Kennedy specifically noted that there
was a distinction between used and unused copies of BS Contact Geo. 14 (2022) Tr. 43:5-20.
To determine the number of actual users during the damages period, Mr. Kennedy
analyzed SPIDERS 3D usage from 2013, the date of the hypothetical negotiation, through the
end of the damages period in 2016. (2022) Tr. 47:10-49:23. As a first step, Mr. Kennedy
determined a royalty base. To do so, Mr. Kennedy reviewed the Navy’s “detailed usage logs of
the Spiders 3D activity, which lets you know how many are logged on.” (2022) Tr. 48:7-9. The
Navy only had logs for September 2014 through September 2016, and thus Mr. Kennedy
calculated a per year average for 2013, the year during which the Navy did not have the
SPIDERS 3D logs, from the existing logs for September 2014 through September 2016. (2022)
Tr. 48:7-15. Mr. Kennedy used the average of “the next two years to get within a reasonable
degree of certainty, a reasonable number for July 2013 through August 2014.” (2022) Tr. 49:14.
The logs showed that for the period from September 2014 through August 2015, there
were 224 users, and from September 2015 through September 2016 there were 187 users. See
(2022) Tr. 48:7-49:5. Mr. Kennedy then averaged these two numbers of uses, and he determined
Ordinarily the seat licenses would have been infringing copies, which is why this Court
originally precluded Mr. Kennedy’s testimony. But with the Federal Circuit’s remand, usage
will be considered.
that for the missing year he estimated that there would have been 206 users. See id. He then
testified that “three figures add up to 617 unique users that used the software.” (2022) Tr. 49:45. He concluded that “there were a maximum number of 617 unique users” during that period of
time . . . . And they had 38 licenses. And so that means there’s 579 unlicensed unique users
during the damages period infringing.” (2022) Tr. 49:15-16.
Regarding price, Mr. Kennedy concluded that the Navy and Bitmanagement would have
agreed to a price of up to $200 per license for 579 licenses—which he attributed to be the
number of “actual uses” of BS Contact Geo. (2022) Tr. 71:22-72:6. In determining the price,
Mr. Kennedy testified that he looked “at the Navy’s side of the equation, and what they had
agreed to previously, and what their use ultimately was of the software, and the limited amount
of use.” (2022) Tr. 69:23-70:1.
For instance, one agreement dated May 2007 that Mr. Kennedy reviewed between
] and Bitmanagement, indicated that [
] paid a lump sum
amount of €5,900 for Bitmanagement’s software. (2022) Tr. 52-54; see also J09. In addition,
Mr. Kennedy looked at an email dated February 25, 2013, which was in reference to a lump sum
license with an unrestricted number of citizens, or users, for [
] for €45,000.
(2022) Tr. 54:17-55:10; D9. He used this as a reference as it was around the time of the
hypothetical negotiation. Id. This, according to Mr. Kennedy was useful to give some “idea of
what Bitmanagement was discussing with others around that time regarding pricing.” (2022) Tr.
55:14-16. Mr. Kennedy also noted that the was no differentiation between the “BS Contact
and/or BS Contact Geo in price.
Mr. Kennedy further looked at a July 5, 2013, offer entitled, “Project offer Web-based
software application for 3D visualization of Wind turbines.” (2002) Tr. 55:20-56:5; D103. He
found the offer relevant and considered it had price information for a domain license. (2002) Tr.
56:6-12. In particular, the domain license of the BS Contact Geo, was for €11,000. It included a
license of the 3D view BS Contact Geo unlimited in time and number of users is included in the
scope of services. (2002) Tr. 56:15-19.
And finally, Mr. Kennedy looked at an email chain with an attachment between Axel
Koerfer and [
] dated October 22, 2013. (2002) Tr. 57:6-11. This indicated a
one-year license for BS Contact Geo from Bitmanagement to [
Tr. 57:6-17. [
]. (2002) Tr. 57:15-17. The agreement
was for a perpetual license for €15,000. (2002) Tr. 57:18-23.
To determine possible volume discounts, Mr. Kennedy reviewed an email chain between
Axel Koerfer and [
] dated September 15, 2014, to support his report that
Bitmanagement was willing to give significant discounts, even for relatively small volume
differences from $250 a seat for 10 licenses down to $180 per seat for 30 licenses; and those
licenses included PC licenses, domain licenses, and/or OEM licenses. (2022) Tr. 59:2-8.
Looking at larger volume discounts, Mr. Kennedy found relevant evidence that Mr. Schickel,
had contemplated a $10 per seat license for 50,000 seats as well as another offer for a “one-time
fee for -- on a per license basis up to 500 licenses, at $1.98, for a total of $990 for up to -- up to
500 licenses.” (2022) Tr. 62-63; J09; J2.5.
He also considered the profitability of the software by evaluating Bitmanagement’s
annual financial report as of December 31, 2013. D122.25. Referencing D122.25, Mr. Kennedy
testified that that document shows “during that fiscal year, sales had dropped by it looks like 50
percent. So that’s an indication of probably how competitive Bitmanagement would be willing
to be to increase sales.” (2022) Tr. 68:13-17.
Mr. Kennedy also looked at Bitmanagement’s “cash position,” referencing D122.23, and
testified that “their total cash position at the time was only $36,000.” (2022) Tr. 68:18-21.
Further, Mr. Kennedy testified that he considered “Bitmanagement’s situation at the time, from a
cash standpoint, and their willingness to negotiate.” (2022) Tr. 70:2-3. He concluded that
Bitmanagement “would have been very willing to negotiate with the government and with the
Navy to get a license and get that revenue back up and their cash back up.” (2022) Tr. 69:7-9.
Thus, Mr. Kennedy testified that his hypothetical negotiation was as follows:
Bitmanagement would come in with the price that they had received just about
that year of $305 [from the 2012 purchase]. The Navy would try to test that in
the negotiation to see how low that they could get Bitmanagement to go for
those 579 licenses, and they might offer $75 to $100. And then I believe the
parties for that number of usage would have ended up agreeing on $200 as a
reasonable compensation for the use of that -- those licenses.
(2022) Tr. 70:5-11. He concluded that the royalty rate be that of a running royalty 15 for a total
damage number of $115,000. (2022) Tr.50:13-16.
A. The Gaylord Cases, Georgia-Pacific Objective Considerations, and the Book of
1. The Gaylord Line of Cases
The Gaylord cases set forth the objective factors a court should consider in its
construction of a hypothetical negotiation. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1498(b), Plaintiff is entitled to
recover “fair and reasonable compensation” for the infringement. In Gaylord II and III, the
Federal Circuit explained that a plaintiff may recover “the fair market value of a license covering
the defendant’s use.” Gaylord II at 1342-43; Gaylord III at 1367. Both parties agree this
standard controls. However, the parties diverge on the definition of “use.”
Mr. Kennedy defines a “running royalty” as a royalty that you pay for “each time you
use it.” (2022) Tr. 44:5-6.
In its remand, the Federal Circuit indicated that damages should be assessed for “actual
usage.” Bit II, 989 F.3d at 951 n.5. Plaintiff argues that “[the Federal Circuit] envisioned a
calculation of damages of each of the Navy’s ‘unauthorized cop[ies] of BS Contact Geo.’” ECF
No. 184 at 7. Thus, according to Plaintiff, “use” equals “unauthorized copies made.”
In contrast, the Defendant argues that “[t]he Federal Circuit never concluded that
damages must be calculated on a per-copy basis in Gaylord.” ECF No. 186 at 9. This,
Defendant argues, is further supported by “Gaylord’s directive to consider whether ‘different
license fees are appropriate’ for different uses,” id., and “whether an ongoing royalty or a onetime fee more accurately captures the fair market value” for each. Id. (citing Gaylord II at 134445). The type of royalty for each different use depended on “whether people used the
[infringing copy] specifically because” of the copyrighted expression, or whether the value was
driven by other considerations.” Gaylord II at 1344-45.
2. Georgia-Pacific Objective Considerations
In light of the Gaylord line of cases, and the Federal Circuit’s opinion, which states
“[c]ontrary to Bitmanagement’s argument [ ], it is not entitled to recover the cost of a seat license
for each installation . . . [but] [i]nstead, “the proper measure of damages shall be determined by
the Navy’s actual usage of BS Contact Geo in excess of the limited usage contemplated by the
parties’ implied license,” Bit II, 989 F.3d at 951 n.5, the Court “must consider all evidence
relevant to a hypothetical negotiation” focusing on “objective considerations” using applicable
tools “familiar from patent law.” Gaylord II at 1344; Gaylord III at 1367-68. The Federal
Circuit identified the use of objective factors found in Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. U.S. Plywood
Corp., 318 F. Supp. 1116, 1120 (S.D.N.Y. 1970). See, e.g., Lucent, 580 F.3d at 1324-35
(endorsing and applying factors from Georgia-Pacific). Objective factors ensure that a
hypothetical negotiation does “not occur in a vacuum of pure logic,” and objective factors
include consideration of, inter alia, facts that relate to the parties’ “relative bargaining strength.”
Georgia-Pacific, 318 F. Supp. at 1121.
3. Book of Wisdom
The parties also disagree on whether post-July 2013 facts may be considered by the Court
as part of the hypothetical negotiation. The “Book of Wisdom” standard in patent law would
allow for consideration of post-July 2013 facts. Focusing on “objective considerations” using
applicable tools “familiar from patent law,” see ECF No. 186 at 9, Defendant advances that the
Court may implement the “Book of Wisdom,” doctrine. ECF No. 186 at 10. Plaintiff disagrees,
arguing that “[t]he Government’s reliance on the so-called “book of wisdom” to smuggle in postinstallation usage is misplaced” as the application of a patent-law standard is “contrary to the
concept of a hypothetical negotiation which would have taken place before the infringement,
introducing hindsight into the negotiations.” ECF No. 184 at 9.
As stated above, the Federal Circuit supported use of “tool[s] familiar from patent law,”
Gaylord III at 1367. In addition, this Court has used the Book of Wisdom in Gaylord and in
Davidson, both Section 1498(b) cases. See Gaylord v. United States, 112 Fed. Cl. 539, 542 n.1
(2013) (“Pursuant to the ‘Book of Wisdom’ approach, the Court also considers facts about sales
and market information from after July 27, 2003.”); Davidson v. United States, 138 Fed. Cl.159,
179 (2018) (“The court [may] consider[ ] information that comes to light after the hypothetical
negotiation [pursuant to] the “book of wisdom.”).
Additionally, Plaintiff’s argument is inconsistent because it too relies on facts after the
July 2013 negotiation date for its damages’ calculations. For instance, Plaintiff relies on its
expert’s royalty base calculations, in part, on computers added to the Navy’s network between
2013 and 2016. See ECF 184 at 13 (citing Graff Direct ¶ 59). Plaintiff’s expert further relies on
the per-license price in the Navy’s unfulfilled 2015 purchase order claiming that it “provides the
best analog for the hypothetical negotiation.” Id. at 16-17 (citing Graff Direct ¶ 48); see also id.
at 4 (applying a rate sourced “just two years after . . . July 2013”). Thus, because Plaintiff’s
objections to the Book of Wisdom are inconsistent with its own reliance on subsequent facts in
its damages model, the Court will consider information after the hypothetical negotiation.
As stated previously, on remand, the Federal Circuit has directed this Court to determine
damages using the form of a hypothetical negotiation guided by the Gaylord line of cases. This
opinion will, therefore, first address the Gaylord holdings related to a hypothetical negotiation.
Thereafter, the Court will turn its attention to the royalty base, then the royalty rate, and then the
proper type of license to determine the fair market value of a license.
A. Using The Hypothetical Negotiation Objective Considerations, The Navy Had a
Stronger Bargaining Position.
1. The Hypothetical Date
Before turning to the objective factors, the Court notes that the parties agree on a
hypothetical negotiation date of July 18, 2013; therefore, this Court adopts that date. See ECF
162 at 7 (citing ECF 137 at 31; ECF 148 at 10).
2. Objective Considerations
The Court finds that the objective considerations establish that the Navy would have been
in a stronger bargaining position than Bitmanagement during the hypothetical negotiation. The
evidence showed that the parties had a good relationship. See Tr. 260:22-61:12, 294:18-95:15
(Schickel); Tr. 933:20-35:3 (Viana); see also Tr. 1186:20-87:18 (Brutzman) (supporting
Bitmanagement with testing and marketing). In addition, the parties successfully resolved
several licensing and technical issues before the hypothetical negotiation. See Bit I at 649-54.
Furthermore, the parties hoped for increased use of their respective software products over time.
See, e.g., Bit I at 658 (“both anticipated a future purchase of additional licenses to cover the Navy’s
usage.”); Tr. 699:9-700:5 (Colleen) (“Both . . . hoped the program [would] grow . . . sometimes
there were false signals of this growth.”); Tr. 720:10-25 (Colleen) (“the uptake of actual users . . .
was ramping up at a fairly modest rate”).
With regard to the parties’ “commercial relationship,” Georgia-Pacific, 318 F. Supp. at
1120, the evidence showed that the Navy was one of Bitmanagement’s most important
customers for BS Contact Geo. For example, Bitmanagement touted its work with the Navy in
its advertising and presentations to potential customers. See Bit I at 654 (citing D103.32; Stip. ¶
79; D104.1; D131.11-17; D197.2, .26; Tr. 320:5-23:17 (Schickel); D150.4, .27; D151.6, .51;
D197.26, .75); see also D145.1-2; Stip. ¶ 96; Tr. 306:4-07:1 (Schickel); P170.1-2; P257 ¶ 78.
Georgia-Pacific further instructs that the “profitability of the [work,] . . . its commercial
success[,] and its current popularity,” are relevant to the hypothetical negotiation. Id. at 1120.
In particular, the evidence showed that in July 2013, Bitmanagement was in poor financial
condition. See (2022) Tr. 67:2-69:12; D122.11, 16. The evidence further showed that
Bitmanagement’s market for BS Contact Geo was limited, see Tr. 93:19-24 (Schickel), and that
Bitmanagement was only completing a few licenses per year, at a low total dollar rate. See
P011.3-4. In addition, the free test version of BS Contact Geo was being downloaded at a lower
pace than in previous years. See D515.3-4; Tr. 110:5-17 (Schickel).
However, favorable to the hypothetical negotiation for Plaintiff, is the consideration of
“alternatives available to a potential licensee [that] provide an important constraint in a
hypothetical negotiation.” Gaylord III, 777 F.3d at 1370. Bitmanagement argues that its
software was the only available product to work in conjunction with SPIDERS 3D. Although
this is true, the Court notes that there were alternatives to Bitmanagement’s software that did not
require meshing with SPIDERS 3D. The evidence shows that there were other X3D viewers
available in 2005, see Tr. 667:15-68:22 (Colleen); see also Tr. 903:16-22 (Viana), as well as a
government-owned viewer, in July 2013. Additionally, presently, the Navy uses X3DOM as the
rendering component of SPIDERS 3D. See Tr. 901:1-17, 944:8-46:2 (Viana); Tr. 1106:5-12
(Vadnais); Tr. 1139:13-42:7, 1160:25-61:3 (Brutzman); see also Bit I at 654.
B. The Royalty Base
Number of Infringing Copies
Defendant asserts that based on the evidence in the record, the Navy made 429,660
copies of BS Contact Geo 8.001. ECF No. 155 at 3-4. According to Defendant, based on the
law of the case and its defenses, 429,567 copies were infringing. ECF No. 186 at 14. To arrive
at the infringing number, Defendant subtracted all licensed and extraterritorial copies from the
total number of copies made, as summarized in the chart below:
429,604 P010.8; Tr. 884:10-13
(Chambers); Tr. 1110:9-14:3
1 Tr. 941:22-43:4 (Viana)
ECF No. 155 at 4.
In contrast, Plaintiff alleges that the number of infringing copies is at least 600,000. ECF
No. 184 at 9. In arriving at this number, Plaintiff asserts that its “royalty base comprises four
components.” Id. at 9-11. First, Plaintiff asserts that the Navy planned to install 558,466 copies
of the software beginning in July 2013. Id. Second, Plaintiff adds an additional 40,000
computers to its royalty base arguing that these 40,000 were cycled onto the NMCI network
between July 2013 and July 2016. See ECF 184 at 10. Third, Plaintiff adds an additional 28,000
ONE-Net installations some of which Plaintiff alleges were installed in U.S. Territories. Id. at
10-11. Fourth, and finally, Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant may have given additional copies to
other contractors. Id. at 11.
The Court notes that Plaintiff’s royalty number calculations are couched in speculative
terms. See ECF 150 at 9 (“would necessarily have,” “may have undercounted”); ECF 146 at 5-8
(“an unknown subset,” “[a]n unknown number”). Although the Defendant has the burden of
proof (according to the Federal Circuit), if the Defendant presents concrete, credible numbers,
the Court may not just accept Plaintiffs numbers. Here, Plaintiff’s numbers seem to be less
grounded than the Defendant’s, as explained below. See Gaylord III at 1368 (cautioning against
“undue speculation”). Consequently, the Court finds that evidence presented showed that the
Navy made 429,604 copies of BS Contact Geo 8.001 on NMCI computers before the Navy
uninstalled the software in September 2016. See P010.6-9; Tr. 1110:9-14:3 (Vadnais); Tr.
The evidence showed that the deployment schedule included Windows XP seats that
never received the software. Compare J025.8-9 with Bit I at 654 (“BS Contact Geo [was
installed] on all non-classified NMCI computers running Windows 7”); Tr. 1093:1-94:1
(Vadnais); see also D129.5 (identifying Windows 7 as a prerequisite for using SPIDERS 3D);
Tr. 474:22-75:14 (Graff) (“I never saw anything one way or the other as to whether or not they
actually met their goal of installing it on the 558,000 seats.”). From this number of copies made,
the Navy had 38 licenses. Thus, 38 computers were authorized to use BS Contact Geo version
8.00. Bit I at 658 n.10; see Bit II at 951 n.4. Therefore, the Defendant was correct in subtracting
them from the NMCI original deployment amount arriving at 429,566 infringing copies. And
although the Navy “reinstalled the software on 34 seats,” Bit I at 654 (citing P010.8), the
Defendant correctly relies on the 38 licenses it currently held so that these computers with the
reinstalled software were covered by the license and were not infringing. This re-deployment
did not add or subtract to the infringement claim.
ONE-Net is the Navy’s “computer network outside the United States” and its users “are
located outside the United States.” Stip. ¶ 86. In January 2014, NAVFAC uploaded BS Contact
Geo 8.001 to the self-service catalog for ONE-Net, the Navy’s computer network outside the
United States. See Stip. ¶¶ 85-87; P010.8-9. In August 2016, the Navy determined that the
software was installed on 21 ONE- Net seats; and in March 2017, the Navy determined that the
software was installed on 13 ONE- Net seats. See P010.8-9; D206.1; D207.1.
The evidence further showed that ONE-NET computers were those based in the
European Union (“EU1”) or the Far East (“FE1”). See P010.8; D207; See P010.8-9; Stip. ¶ 86.
Although Plaintiff alleges some of these computers were located in the U.S. Territories, and as
such are not extraterritorial, Plaintiff has not advanced a number as to how many copies were
copied onto those computers. Thus, Plaintiff’s allegations are too speculative to add to the
infringing number of copies. Therefore, the Court finds that the 21 copies used cannot be
counted as infringing copies as the Defendant has proven that the copies used were outside the
U.S. and are jurisdictionally barred from liability. See 28 U.S.C. § 1498(c); Zoltek Corp. v.
United States, 672 F.3d 1309, 1326 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (“[T]he plain language of § 1498(c)
eliminates Government liability for claims ‘arising in a foreign country.’”).
And finally, the Navy further admitted that one copy of SPIDERS 3D was distributed to a
contractor. See Tr. 941:22-43:4 (Viana). Plaintiff’s claim that there might have been more
copies given to other contractors is too speculative. The Defendant admits and the Court accepts
that one copy was all that was given away.
2. Actual Use Versus Available For Use
The Federal Circuit has instructed this Court as follows: “Contrary to Bitmanagement’s
argument [ ], it is not entitled to recover the cost of a seat license for each installation.” Bit II at
951 n.5. Instead, “the proper measure of damages shall be determined by the Navy’s actual
usage of BS Contact Geo in excess of the limited usage contemplated by the parties’ implied
Plaintiff argues that “use” equates to the number that were copied onto Navy computers
and accessed as well as those that were downloaded and available for use. ECF No. 150 at 15.
The Flexera condition was not met for either category. Thus, according to Plaintiff, no copy
“fell within the bounds of any existing license,” as the Federal Circuit instructed this Court to
determine, id. at 951 n.5; therefore, the total number of copies made is the appropriate number in
determining usage.” Id. According to Plaintiff, that number was 600,000, the amount of PC
In contrast, the Defendant presented evidence to the actual use of the software as well as
how the Navy planned to use the software. According to the Defendant, for the hypothetical
negotiation in 2013, not only would the parties have considered the total number of copies, but
its main focus would have been on how the Navy planned to use those copies. ECF No. 155 at
4. Relying on this, Defendant argues that “this hypothetical approach is entirely consistent
with the parties’ actual approach in negotiating the 2012 purchase order.” Id. (citing Bit I at
651-52); D026.1 (“Let’s go for the floating license server approach.”); J018.1 (“we will push it
out . . . to begin tracking the usage and demand signal of the 20 license keys”). It is also
supported by both parties’ reliance on implementing Flexera in order to count the number of uses
and actual demand of the software.
At trial, evidence was admitted by the Defendant which showed the tracking of SPIDERS
3D during the last two years of liability. See J035.1-51. The testimony at trial confirmed the
reliability of the weblogs. Tr. 854:5-14; 861:2-6; 865:14-17 (Chambers). The weblogs showed
that between 8/30/2014-9/2/2016 the maximum uses per day was 36, the number of unique users
was 411 and the total users was 1,142. ECF No. 186 at 5.
Although the Court finds the logs to be accurate, the Court further notes that logs are
missing for the first year of usage of SPIDERS 3D. According to the Plaintiff, during this
missing year, Navy personnel would most likely have used the software more frequently. ECF
No. 184 at 12. In fact, in December 2012, Mr. Viana told Bitmanagement that within the first
six months the Navy anticipated an increased demand for the software. P242.1. The Court
agrees with this assumption. However, the Plaintiff has not provided any calculations that would
capture this year. But Mr. Kennedy has.
For his calculations, Mr. Kennedy calculated an average number of uses for the missing
year by averaging the two reliable weblog user data. His calculations provided for a total of 617
unique user (224 users for September 2014 through August 2015 + 187 users for September
2015 through September 2016 + 206 users for the missing year). (2022) Tr. 49:4-5. However,
because the Court finds that the Navy admitted that it anticipated an increase in demand of the
software in the first year, the Court will take the highest year of users, 224 users for September
2014 - August 2015, for the missing year. Thus, the Court finds a total of 635 unique users. The
Court then picks up from Mr. Kennedy’s calculations subtracting the 38 paid for licenses. The
Court finds 597 unlicensed unique users during the damages period.
The next step in the hypothetical negotiation would have been for the parties to determine
the number of additional licenses necessary to cover the Navy’s use of the software. As
previously indicated, the Navy owned 38 licenses. Those licenses were also intended to allow a
maximum of 38 simultaneous uses of the software. Because the maximum number of uses per
day of SPIDERS 3D was found to be 36, the 38 simultaneous-use licenses would have covered
the Navy’s actual use during the three years of liability.
However, the evidence further showed that the Navy would have agreed to procure more
than 38 simultaneous-use licenses in 2013. The facts showed that both parties hoped to increase
its use of SPIDERS 3D and BS Contact Geo after the Navy-wide deployment of the software.
See Bit I at 658 (“Bitmanagement and the Navy both anticipated a future purchase of additional
licenses to cover the Navy’s usage.”). Indeed, both Plaintiff and Defendant engaged in
discussions to purchase approximately 100 additional licenses between 2013 and 2015. See
J023.1-7 (Bitmanagement draft license agreement for 93 licenses in March 2013); Stip. ¶ 78;
Bit I at 654 (citing J031.1-5, 31) (Navy unfulfilled purchase order for 88 licenses in September
2015). Although neither order was fulfilled, the Defendant (and Plaintiff) allege, and the Court
agrees that these orders provide relevant information regarding actual negotiations of the parties
and the parties intent to purchase additional simultaneous-use licenses. The Defendant admits
that it may have purchased an additional 100 licenses in 2013 and in doing so the amount would
have covered the Navy’s actual use during the three years of liability. The Court agrees, and
therefore, concludes that the Navy would have agreed to procure 100 additional simultaneoususe licenses from Bitmanagement in a hypothetical negotiation in 2013.
The Court, therefore, finds that the royalty base includes 429,567 copies of BS Contact
Geo 8.001 with 597 unique users and 100 additional simultaneous-use licenses.
C. The Royalty Rate
Both parties agree in principle that the Court should consider other licenses and offers
that may be relevant in constructing the hypothetical negotiation to determine the royalty rate. 16
ECF No. 186 at 8.
Plaintiff’s expert witness, Mr. Graff, testified that the parties would have agreed to a
royalty base of $259 per seat license. See also Tr. 511:3-17 (Graff) (“the primary
consideration is what would the customer be willing to pay”). To arrive at this number, Mr.
Graff looked at three purchase orders between Bitmanagement and the Navy. He looked at the
2008 purchase order whereby the Navy procured 100 seat licenses of BS Contact Geo for $300
per license and the 20-seat upgrade for an additional $125.00. 17 He further looked at the 2012
purchase order for 18 licenses for $305 per license. And finally, Mr. Graff, looked at the 2015
purchase order for 88 BS Contact Geo application license keys for $350 per license for a total of
$30,800, with an option to purchase an additional 80 licenses of BS Contact Geo version 8.001
for $370 per license. (This contract was never fulfilled.) Mr. Graff then found that the best
analog for the hypothetical negotiation would be to use the unfulfilled 2015 purchase order.
Although never fulfilled, Mr. Graff noted that this purchase order was the only purchase order
for the product, BS Contact Geo version 8.001, that the Navy copied en masse. Stip. ¶ 67; Graff
direct ¶ 48. He then applied the 30% discount to arrive at $259 per copy.
In response, Defendant notes that Mr. Graff rejected using Bitmanagement’s agreements
and offers between other countries and entities despite the Federal Circuit’s instruction to
contemplate “objective considerations.” Bit II at 951-52 n.5 (The Court is to use the Gaylord
line of cases as a guide.). ECF No. 186 at 24. Instead, Mr. Graff relied on only three
Curiously, the Court notes again that although Plaintiff argues against using the Book
of Wisdom doctrine, Plaintiff employs it by using the 2015 agreement to construct its damages
The Plaintiff misstates the evidence with regard to this upgrade. Only 20 licenses were
upgraded for a total cost of $425, not all 100 licenses. See ECF No. 184 ($425 per license
agreements and offers between Bitmanagement and the Navy. He did not use the other
agreements because they involved: (1) different software (i.e., BS Contact), (2) different
customers, and (3) a different “commercial history.” ECF No. 148 at 27 citing Graff Direct ¶ 49.
Therefore, according to the Defendant, because Mr. Graff does not take into consideration all the
objective considerations as instructed by the Federal Circuit, Mr. Graff’s analysis is wrong.
Mr. Kennedy began his analysis by first locating comparable license agreements and
looking at what technology was being licensed, who the licensor and licensee were, and the date
to determine comparability. Complementing this approach, Mr. Kennedy also concentrated his
opinion on how the Navy planned to use the software. Using this hypothetical approach,
Defendant argues that this “is entirely consistent with the parties’ actual approach in negotiating
the 2012 purchase order.” ECF No. 155 at 4; See, e.g., Bit I at 651-52; D026.1 (“Let’s go for the
floating license server approach.”); J018.1 (“we will push it out . . . to begin tracking the usage
and demand signal of the 20 license keys”). Thus, as a starting point for the hypothetical
negotiation, Mr. Kennedy found that the 2012 agreement for 18 licenses for $305 was the most
relevant as this agreement was for the software right before the hypothetical negotiation date.
(2022) Tr. 50:1-5. He then compared various potential offers and actual offers dated near the
hypothetical date of July 18, 2013. (2022) Tr. 100:13-21; (2022) Tr. 50:2-51:8. He compared
discounts offered, sales, and the financial position of Bitmanagement. (2022) Tr. 59:2-5; (2022)
Tr. 68:13-17; (2022) Tr. 68:18-69:12. After his analysis, he then concluded that the parties
would have agreed to a volume discount of a little more than 30% to arrive at a conclusion that
the Navy would have paid $200 per license. (2022) Tr. 59:22-61:23.
The Court notes that the parties are very close in its royalty rate—$259 versus $250. The
Court also notes that both parties agree on a volume discount of approximately 30%. Plaintiff
argues that Mr. Kennedy’s approach “suffered from several flaws that render Bitmanagement’s
rate more reliable.” ECF No. 184 at17. Plaintiff argues that Mr. Kennedy did not point to any
evidence to support his assumption that Bitmanagement’s financial condition would have
applied a downward pressure on the hypothetical negotiation. Id. In fact, Plaintiff argues there
were many other factors that Mr. Kennedy did not address that would have supported upward
pressure on the price in the hypothetical negotiation. Id. For instance, Mr. Kennedy did not
acknowledge in his hypothetical negotiation that Bitmanagement was the only product the Navy
found to work well with the Navy’s SPIDERS 3D. Id. Nor did Mr. Kennedy acknowledge that
the Navy expected high usage of its product. Id. Specifically, during cross-examination,
Plaintiff asked Mr. Kennedy whether he considered several emails between Bitmanagement and
the Navy leading up to the hypothetical negotiation—he did not. These emails, between
November 2011 through July 2013, indicated that the Navy intended high usage of the software,
more licenses. See (2022) 87:13-89:14-91; 91:17-97:4; 106:7-108:2. Mr. Kennedy agreed that
these were relevant to the hypothetical negotiation. (2022) Tr. 106:7-108:2. In addition, Mr.
Kennedy agreed that the Navy derived a “convenience factor” having BS Contact Geo installed
on every computer in the network, also relevant to the hypothetical negotiation. (2022) Tr.
The Court is attracted to the “convenience factor” argument. However, yet again, the
Plaintiff has failed to provide the cost of convenience in its damages’ calculations.
Although the cross-examination of Mr. Kennedy showed weaknesses in his valuation, the
Court has no idea how these emails would have impacted the damages calculation because
Plaintiff has limited its evidence to only undermining Mr. Kennedy or to the per seat license
damages calculation. Thus, the Court does not find the weaknesses to be substantial, especially
because Mr. Graff’s valuation did not take into consideration the objective considerations.
Gaylord III at1344, 1368 (“evidence of past license agreements for the work in question is
certainly relevant to a hypothetical negotiation analysis.”) (“The hypothetical-negotiation
determination must be tied to the particular work at issue and its marketplace value . . . .”).
Thus, the marketplace value is informed by all licenses and offers, not only the three agreements
reviewed as relevant by Mr. Graff.
Furthermore, the Court notes that “BS Contact Geo” and “BS Contact” were used
interchangeably in their communications and their agreements. See Tr. 832:1-11(Colleen) (“BS
Contact and BS Contact Geo were interchangeable terms in our daily discussions.”); Tr. 835:1015 (Colleen) (stating that it was “common parlance” to refer to BS Contact Geo as BS Contact);
see also J017.21; J022.13; J023.7; J027.1; D108.1; Tr. 817:3-8, 828:19-30:7, 839:3-24 (Colleen).
Therefore, Mr. Graff’s attempt to discredit Mr. Kennedy’s reliance on the distinction between
the versions of the software fails. For instance, in fulfilling the 2008 purchase order,
“Bitmanagement delivered BS Contact Geo” to the Navy “despite the [order’s] express reference
to BS Contact.” Bit I at 650. Furthermore, witnesses who were familiar with both products
testified that there were few differences between the products. See Tr. 832:13-18 (Colleen); Tr.
1160:11-21 (Brutzman) (“I had trouble distinguishing any difference between [BS Contact and
BS Contact Geo].”). Even Mr. Schickel admitted that Bitmanagement sometimes sold the
products at the same price. See Tr. 334:22-24. Accordingly, the BS Contact licenses are
relevant, objective evidence.
The evidence further showed that in its past BS Contact Geo license negotiations, the
Navy would also have looked to the available budget. In 2013, when discussing the possibility
of implementing an unlimited licensing scheme for 500,000 copies, Mr. Colleen testified that
“[he was] pretty skeptical about [the Navy] even coming up with a 1 million for such a license.”
Tr. 720:1-2 (Colleen). One reason, according to Mr. Colleen, is that in 2013, the Navy had a lot
of budget problems. Tr. 720: 3-17 (Colleen).
And finally, Mr. Graff’s rationale that he excluded other offers or agreements that “do not
reflect the commercial history that the Navy had with Bitmanagement and the value of BS
Contact Geo to the Navy” see Graff Direct ¶ 49, is in conflict with the use of objective
considerations under Gaylord II. Gaylord II at 1344. As the Federal Circuit has stated: “the
trial court must consider all evidence relevant to a hypothetical negotiation.” Id.
Mr. Kennedy reviewed several offers and agreements that the Court finds relevant around
the hypothetical date. For instance, other customers’ orders were clearly relevant. Other pricing
schemes were clearly relevant. His conclusion, that the Navy would have paid $200 per license
is, therefore, more reliable. The Court further finds that Mr. Kennedy arrived at his conclusions
using objective considerations, examining “the perspectives of the two parties to the hypothetical
negotiation,” Gaylord III at 1370-71, as well as relying on the objective consideration found in
Georgia-Pacific, 318 F. Supp. at 1120, as mandated by the Federal Circuit.
D. Proper License Type and Calculation of Damages
In order to determine the proper license type, the Federal Circuit’s remand instructed:
Contrary to Bitmanagement's argument, see J.A. 10002 ¶ 5, it is not entitled to
recover the cost of a seat license for each installation. If Bitmanagement chooses
not to pursue statutory damages, the proper measure of damages shall be
determined by the Navy's actual usage of BS Contact Geo in excess of the
limited usage contemplated by the parties’ implied license. That analysis should
take the form of a hypothetical negotiation. See Gaylord v. United States , 777
F.3d 1363, 1368–72 (Fed. Cir. 2015); Gaylord I , 678 F.3d at 1342–45.
Bit II at 951 n.5.
In the usual copyright case, recovery is for infringing copies. Here, however, the Federal
Circuit has mandated that Plaintiff is not entitled to damages based on the “cost of a seat license
for each installation.” Instead, the Federal Circuit’s directive to this Court was to consider actual
usage. In addition, the Federal Circuit directed this Court to consider the method of calculation
of damages in the Gaylord line of cases, which would include other licensing options, not just a
per-copy license. 19 Thus, damages cannot be based on number of copies made. Instead, it
appears that the Federal Circuit wants this Court to account for the number of licenses needed to
allow for the number of users that the Navy contemplated at the time of the hypothetical
negotiation. Using the Book of Wisdom, the number of actual users may be calculated.
Therefore, the essence of the damages’ inquiry is how much would the Navy agree to a license
covering this usage.
In contradiction to the Federal Circuits’ mandate, Plaintiff argues that it is entitled to
recover an award for a license for each copy. ECF No. 184 at 1. Specifically, Plaintiff argues:
The Federal Circuit observed in dicta that “[c]ontrary to Bitmanagement’s
argument, see J.A. 10002 ¶ 5, it is not entitled to recover the cost of a seat
license for each installation.” Bitmanagement II, 989 F.3d at 951 n.5. The
Court’s citation is to the complaint’s request for $596,308,103 in damages,
Compl. ¶ 5, which was based on the commercial list price of $1,067.76 per
license, id. ¶ 26. Bitmanagement no longer seeks anywhere near that perlicense price, and its proposed damages figure incorporates a significant
volume discount to reach a per- license royalty rate of $259.
From the evidence at trial, the Court could have found that for the hypothetical
negotiation, Plaintiff and Defendant would have negotiated a price per copy of $10 for 429,567
copies resulting in a fair market price of $4,295,670. But this result would not comply with the
Federal Circuit’s mandate.
ECF No. 184 at 5 n.1 (citation omitted). Therefore, Plaintiff argues that it should be awarded a
PC license for each copy made because that is what the Navy took, arguing that the Federal
Circuit’s directions were dicta. Id. The Court disagrees. The Court finds it difficult to find that
a sentence that includes the word “shall” is pure dictum: “the proper measure of damages shall
be determined by the Navy’s actual usage of BS Contact Geo . . . .” Bit II, 989 F.3d at 951 n.5
Notwithstanding the Federal Circuit’s mandate, Plaintiff has been persistent in focusing
on a per-copy license, despite the Court’s indication that it would follow the Federal Circuit’s
mandate regarding actual usage. And this is despite many opportunities to do so, such as
additional briefing and reopening the trial record to specifically take testimony on actual usage.
See ECF No. 183 (transcript of proceedings held on June 14, 2022). At this subsequent trial,
Plaintiff did not call a rebuttal witness, although this Court gave Plaintiff the opportunity.
Instead, Plaintiff continued its damages theory in disregard to the Federal Circuit’s mandate,
heedless of its own peril. Because the Plaintiff does not engage the Federal Circuit’s mandate
for alternative licensing schemes, the Court turns its attention to the Defendant’s proposals.
The Defendant proposes three different licensing options for the Court, two of which are
found only in its briefs 20 and one of which was presented by Mr. Kennedy, namely, a uniqueuser license; a website license (also known as a domain or subdomain license); and a mixed
license. ECF No. 186 at 20, 22; (2022) Tr. 49:1-16.
But the only option supported by Mr. Kennedy’s testimony is a unique-user license.
Here, Mr. Kennedy opined that the parties may have negotiated a purchase of unique-user
licenses. (2022) Tr. 49:1-16. Under this scenario, Mr. Kennedy used a running royalty for 579
unique users at $200 per license. This would have resulted in a purchase of the software for a
total of $115,800. (2022) Tr. 50:13-16, 59:22-63:9.
In a hypothetical negotiation, the parties would have considered the types of licenses that
would have best fit the Navy’s anticipated use of BS Contact Geo. Historically, in 2011,
Bitmanagement offered “three different licensing options” to the Navy, with at least two of the
options based on a set number of “running” clients “in the same sub-domain.” Bit I at 651
(quoting D026.3-4). Upon further negotiation, the parties agreed to use a “floating license
system” to manage 38 licenses of BS Contact Geo. Id. at 650-54; D026.1 (“Let’s go for the
floating license server approach.”). By July 2013 the parties had agreed to non-standard license
terms. Those agreements included negotiations that Bitmanagement was “open for any licensing
scheme” for the Navy and was “willing to do our utmost to enable [another] licensing
functionality.” Bit I at 649 (quoting J005.4-5).
The Court concludes that the evidence put forth by Mr. Kennedy is the appropriate means
to calculate the proper license. However, in addition to the unique-user licenses, the Court adds
Two of the options included a damages award of $200,000 for a website license. There
is no evidence, besides Defendant’s briefs, to support this number.
100 simultaneous-use licenses. See supra p.17. These licenses are included in the second and
third options in Defendant’s briefs and are tantamount to an admission. The unique-user licenses
and simultaneous-use licenses combine to form a mixed license. Therefore, the Court finds that
the parties would have negotiated this kind of mixed license in 2013.
The Court finds a total of 635 unique users. The Court further finds that Mr. Kennedy’s
price per license of $200 is reliable. As noted previously, in determining the price, Mr. Kennedy
testified that he looked “at the Navy’s side of the equation, and what they had agreed to
previously, and what their use ultimately was of the software, and the limited amount of use.”
The Court feels that Mr. Kennedy’s conclusion is also supported by the “objective
considerations” that he discussed. Furthermore, the Court has no other concrete figure because
Plaintiff’s calculations were based only on per-seat licenses and were determined without
examining objective considerations. From the 635 unique users, the Court must subtract the 38
existing Navy licenses fo r a royalty base of 597 unique unlicensed users. 21 Adopting the $200
per license rate from Mr. Kennedy, the Court finds that Plaintiff is entitled to $119,400 for the
unique-user licenses, a price that the Court finds to be fair and reasonable.
With regard to the simultaneous-use licenses, for the reasons set for forth supra p. 17, the
Navy would have agreed to the $350/license for these 100 as evidenced by both the draft
agreement and the 2015 unfulfilled purchase order. The Court, therefore, adds $35,000 to the
award for a total of $154,400, excluding an award for delayed compensation.
For the reasons set forth above, the Court hereby AWARDS Plaintiff $154,400 for the
Defendant’s copyright infringement.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Edward J. Damich
EDWARD J. DAMICH
This number includes the Court’s projection of increased, first-year use based on the
Navy’s weblogs as explained supra p.17.
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