The ruling came in for a 2011 lawsuit that TechForward slapped on Best Buy for stolen trade secrets. In 2009, Best Buy and the startup began a trial program in which the retail giant used TechForward’s buy back program, an option Best Buy offered to sell to customers whenever they bought a new gadget. The program allowed a customer to sell the product back to Best Buy, with the price diminishing the longer the customer owned the product. The program used a slew of metrics to determine the value of a gadget. Shortly after revealing the trade secrets, Best Buy dropped the partnership and released a program of their own. A judge rewarded TechForward $22 million in damages and $5 million punitive.