Awards in the United States

Introduction to Awards (Prizes And Honors)

Large Damage Awards in Patent Cases

For some examples of large damage awards in patent cases, see:

  • Union Oil Co. v. Atlantic Richeld, No. CV-95-2379 (C.D. Cal. 1997) (jury verdict of at least $69 million in royalties);
  • FONAR Corp. v. General Elec. Co., No. 92-CV-4196 (E.D.N.Y. December 1995) (jury verdict of
    $128.7 million reduced to $61.95 million);
  • Odetics, Inc. v. Storage Tech. Corp. (E.D. Va. 1998-99) (September 1998 – jury verdict of $70.6 million overturned by Judge; November 1999 – settlement agreement under which StorageTek would pay Odetics total license fees of $100 million, with $80 million due up front);
  • General Technology v. Conoco, Inc., No. 99-1238-A (E.D. Va. June 2000) (jury verdict of $55.2 million increased to $68.75 million);
  • Southern Clay Prods., Inc. v. United Catalysts, Inc. (W.D. Tex. March 2001) (judgment of over $78 million);
  • Durel Corp. v. Osram Sylvania, Inc., Civ. 95-1750 PHX (D. Ariz. 2000) (jury verdict of $49.88 million increased to $63.11 million with pre-judgment interest).
  • Genentech, Inc. paid the University of California $150 million to settlement a suit for infringement of the University’s Human Growth Hormone patents.
  • Paragon Brands paid Kimberly-Clark $115 million relating to the latter’s disposable diaper
  • In February 2007: Lucent won $1.5 billion verdict against Microsoft in reasonable royalty damages. Verdict tossed out on JMOL. Armed on appeal.
  • In February 2008: Dr. Saran won $501 million verdict against Boston Scientic as reasonable royalty.
  • In April 2008: Lucent won $358 million verdict against Microsoft in reasonable royalty damages. Verdict overturned on appeal and damages signicantly reduced after new trial.
  • In June 2008: Cornell won $184 million verdict against Hewlett-Packard in reasonable royalty damages. Damages signicantly reduced post trial. Case settled on appeal.
  • In April 2009: Uniloc won $388 million verdict against Microsoft in reasonable royalty damages. Verdict overturned on appeal.
  • In June 2009: Centocor won $1.67 billion verdict in total damages (including $504 million as reasonable royalty).
  • In October 2010: Mirror Worlds won $625 million verdict against Apple. Verdict gutted on JMOL.
  • In February 2012: Federal Circuit upheld verdict of $390 million (including reasonable royalty damages) in favor of Bard Peripheral Vascular against W.L. Gore.

Finding the law: Awards in the U.S. Code

A collection of general and permanent laws relating to awards, passed by the United States Congress, are organized by subject matter arrangements in the United States Code (U.S.C.; this label examines awards topics), to make them easy to use (usually, organized by legal areas into Titles, Chapters and Sections). The platform provides introductory material to the U.S. Code, and cross references to case law. View the U.S. Code’s table of contents here.


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