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Two Recent District of Delaware Jury Verdicts – Is Delaware a “Plaintiff-friendly” forum?

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In the past month, two juries have come back from deliberations with verdicts in favor of the plaintiff patent-holder. On June 13, 2008, in the Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Abraxis Bioscience Inc. case, the jury found that Abraxis’s Abraxane breast cancer drug infringed two of Elan’s patents and that these patents were valid and enforceable. The jury did not find willful infringement. Elan was awarded $55,230,000 in damages based on a 6% reasonable royalty rate for an approximately 3 1/2 year period.

See a copy of the verdict form here.

On July 1, 2008, in the Linear Technology Corporation v. Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. case, the jury again came back with a verdict for the plaintiff. In this case involving semiconductor technology, the jury found that the defendant infringed the plaintiff’s patent and that the patent was valid. The parties had previously stipulated to nominal damages in the event that the jury found infringement.

See a copy of the verdict form here.

The question that arises is whether these verdicts are further examples that the District of Delaware is a “plaintiff/patent holder-friendly” forum or whether there is no clear trend in verdicts in this district. Keep watching for a future post analyzing the trend in jury verdicts in this district…

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