Friday, July 18, 2014

Law360 Article on the Top IP Verdicts of 2014

Ryan Davis of Law360 published an article last week titled Top IP Verdicts of 2014--and the Law Firms That Won Them.  According to the article, "[t]he largest [U.S.] intellectual property verdicts of 2014 so far include six that exceeded $100 million in damages," and the article discusses the seven verdicts so far this year that exceeded $50 million.  Citing the recent Lex Machina report on patent damages (see my post here), the article notes that there has overall been an upward trend in patent damages since 2008, but also that  "cases that result in nine-figure patent damages awards . . . represent only a tiny fraction of all patent litigation, since most cases settle."  The highest so far this year is the $393 million awarded to Edwards LifeScience against Medtronic (the case has since settled).  Number 4 on the list is the $120 million from the May installment of the Apple v. Samsung saga (see my posts here and here) which, you may recall, nevertheless was viewed largely as a victory for Samsung.

The article also quotes Kenneth Serwin of Berkeley Research Group, Owen Byrd of Lex Machina, and me.

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