Durel Corp. v. Osram Sylvania Inc ., nos. 00-1261, 00-1391 (Fed. Cir.).
In 2001, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a 1995 decision by the U.S. District Court in Arizona that found that Sylvania had infringed on three patents held by Durel Corp. The patents related to methods for enhancing the durability of electroluminescent phosphors through chemical coating. In reversing the ruling, the judges threw out a jury's subsequent $63 million damages verdict (including interest). Robert G. Krupka, of the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis, Robert A. Appleby and John M. Desmarais from the New York office, and Christopher Landau from the firm's Washington, D.C. office represented Sylvania.
This article appeared in its entirety in the July 30, 2001 issue of The National Law Journal.