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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

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