Morgan Lewis Trial Team Wins $53.5 Million Patent Infringement Verdict
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2006: After a five-week trial, a federal jury in Los Angeles today awarded damages of $53.5 million to Morgan Lewis client LG.Philips in a lawsuit over its LCD—liquid crystal display—technology patents. Because the jury found that the defendants willfully infringed LG.Philips' patents, U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall may increase the damages at her discretion up to three times the jury's $53.5 million award.
LG.Philips is the world's leading innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology. The Seoul, Korea-based company sued multiple defendants, including Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and Tatung Co., for infringement of patents relating to the structure and manufacture of TFT-LCD panels—specifically U.S. Patent No. 5,825,449 (the '449 patent); and U.S. Patent No. 4,624,737 (the '737 patent).
"The victory over CPT and Tatung should enable LG.Philips to aggressively pursue and successfully implement its licensing program, as a number of companies were awaiting the trial's outcome," said Litigation-Intellectual Property Partner Daniel Johnson Jr. (Palo Alto), who led the LG.Philips trial team along with Litigation-Intellectual Property Partners Kell M. Damsgaard (Philadelphia) and Anthony C. Roth (Washington, D.C.). During trial, Mr. Johnson explained to the jury that the '449 and '737 patents are building block patents for the TFT-LCD technology.
The jury verdict marks the end of a four-year-long patent dispute between LG.Philips LCD and the defendants. Over the years, LG.Philips LCD has devoted a significant amount of resources in research and development, and in developing its patent portfolio. As a result, LG.Philips now ranks first in the world in terms of the number of U.S. patents received on TFT-LCD technology.
Daniel Johnson, Jr., Anthony C. Roth, Kell M. Damsgaard