This content is from: Patents

The year in damages in the US

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
RankAgainstBeneficiaryCaseCourtTotal damages
1Philips Electronics North AmericaMasimo CorporationMasimo Corporation v Philips Electronics North America CorporationDED$467m
2Medtronic CoreValveEdwards LifesciencesEdwards Lifesciences v Medtronic Corevalve DED$394m
3Marvell Technology GroupCarnegie Mellon UniversityCarnegie Mellon University v Marvell Technology GroupPAWD$367m
4Space Systems/LoralViaSatViasat v Space Systems/LoralCASD$283m
5Cochlear CorporationAlfred E Mann Foundation For Scientific ResearchAlfred E Mann Foundation for Scientific Research v Cochlear CorporationCACD$131m
6Samsung ElectronicsApple Apple v Samsung ElectronicsCAND$120m
7ION Geophysical CorporationWesternGeco WesternGeco v ION Geophysical CorporationTXSD$115m
8Fairchild Semiconductor InternationalPower IntegrationsPower Integrations v Fairchild Semiconductor InternationalCAND$105m
9GoogleSimpleAirSimpleAir v GoogleTXED$85m
10Sorenson CommunicationsUltratecUltratec v Sorenson CommunicationsWIWD$44m
Source: Docket Navigator

The material on this site is for law firms, companies and other IP specialists. It is for information only. Please read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice before using the site. All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws.

© 2020 Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. For help please see our FAQs.

Related