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Jury Awards $50,313,779 in Damages for Willful Infringement

May 31, 2017

In Green Mountain Glass, LLC v. Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. d/b/a Verallia North America, C.A. No. 14-392-GMS (D. Del. Apr. 21, 2017), a jury awarded the plaintiff $50,313,779.04 for its finding of infringement of one patent after a five-day trial. The jury also found the infringement willful. There were two patents-in-suit, U.S. Patent No. 5,718,737 (“’737 Patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 6,230,521 (“’521 Patent”). In a motion for judgment on the pleadings before trial, Judge Sleet held that the ’521 Patent was not invalid and did not claim patent-ineligible subject matter. After trial, the jury concluded that the defendant willfully infringed the ’737 Patent, and determined that the ’737 Patent was not invalid as anticipated or obvious.

Key Points: This is one of the larger jury verdicts in a Delaware patent case.