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The year in damages in the US

Michael Loney

Compared to 2013, this year has seen fewer blockbuster damages awards, with none of more than $500 million. But courts still awarded more than $100 million in eight cases

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. 

Top damages awards 2014
Rank Against Beneficiary Case Court Total damages
1 Philips Electronics North America Masimo Corporation Masimo Corporation v Philips Electronics North America Corporation DED $467m
2 Medtronic CoreValve Edwards Lifesciences Edwards Lifesciences v Medtronic Corevalve DED $394m
3 Marvell Technology Group Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University v Marvell Technology Group PAWD $367m
4 Space Systems/Loral ViaSat Viasat v Space Systems/Loral CASD $283m
5 Cochlear Corporation Alfred E Mann Foundation For Scientific Research Alfred E Mann Foundation for Scientific Research v Cochlear Corporation CACD $131m
6 Samsung Electronics Apple Apple v Samsung Electronics CAND $120m
7 ION Geophysical Corporation WesternGeco WesternGeco v ION Geophysical Corporation TXSD $115m
8 Fairchild Semiconductor International Power Integrations Power Integrations v Fairchild Semiconductor International CAND $105m
9 Google SimpleAir SimpleAir v Google TXED $85m
10 Sorenson Communications Ultratec Ultratec v Sorenson Communications WIWD $44m
Source: Docket Navigator


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