The largest award came out of the District of Delaware, which ordered Philips to pay Masimo $467 million for infringing patents covering technology used in fingertip devices that measure blood oxygen and pulse rates.
This followed the same court in January awarding Edwards LifeScience $394 million for Medtronic CoreValve for infringing patents covering a heart-valve device. The two companies later agreed to settle all global patent litigation in May, with Edwards LifeSciences paying a $750 million one-time payment and ongoing royalty payments.
Carnegie Melon University, ViaSatr, Alfred E Mann Foundation, WesternGeco, Apple and Power Integrations were also awarded damages of more than $100 million in 2014.
This compares with 2013 when two awards of more than $500 million were given. DuPont was ordered to pay $1 billion of damages to Monsanto in a GMO seed case. And Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $599 million in one of two large awards that year.
Managing IP will be publishing an in-depth look at the year in damages in early January.
Source: Docket Navigator
|Top damages awards 2014|
||Philips Electronics North America
||Masimo Corporation v Philips Electronics North America Corporation
||Edwards Lifesciences v Medtronic Corevalve
||Marvell Technology Group
||Carnegie Mellon University
||Carnegie Mellon University v Marvell Technology Group
||Viasat v Space Systems/Loral
||Alfred E Mann Foundation For Scientific Research
||Alfred E Mann Foundation for Scientific Research v Cochlear Corporation
||Apple v Samsung Electronics
||ION Geophysical Corporation
||WesternGeco v ION Geophysical Corporation
||Fairchild Semiconductor International
||Power Integrations v Fairchild Semiconductor International
||SimpleAir v Google
||Ultratec v Sorenson Communications