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NPR obtains $95,795,587 verdict

January 16, 2014

 In March of 2013, Nix, Patterson & Roach’s patent group obtained a patent infringement verdict of $95,795,507 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on behalf of Syntrix Biosystems, Inc., a Washington biotechnology research firm.  The verdict was rendered against Illumina, Inc., before U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle.  After an 11 day trial, the jury returned a verdict for the precise amount Syntrix requested, which equated to a 6 percent royalty rate.  The final judgment was entered in June 2013, for a total amount of $115,106,105, which included supplemental damages through the date of the verdict in the amount of $12,037,468, plus prejudgment interest of $7,273,130.  The Court also granted Syntrix’s request for a running royalty and set the ongoing royalty rate at 8 percent of infringing future sales.


This is believed to be the biggest patent infringement verdict in the State of Washington.


At trial, Syntrix Biosystems, Inc. was represented by Derek Gilliland, Ed Chin, Andrew Wright, and Winn Cutler of Nix, Patterson & Roach.


Nix Patterson & Roach’s attorneys were assisted by attorneys from Bracewell & Guiliani:  Alan Albright, Michael Samardzija, Heather Khassian, Karthika Perumal, and Lucy Tyson.