Transocean Wins $15M Drilling IP Verdict Against Maersk

Law360, New York (April 26, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT) -- A Texas jury decided Thursday that Maersk Contractors USA Inc. infringed two offshore drilling patents held by Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. and awarded Transocean $15 million.

The jury concluded that Maersk was liable for infringement because it sold a drilling rig that infringed the patents to Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC. The jury also rejected Maersk's claims that the patents were obvious.

Among other reasons, the jury found that the invention, which allows two drilling operations to take place simultaneously on one derrick, was not...
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