Houston Jury Asked To Award $35M In Subsea Drilling IP Row

Law360 (April 27, 2021, 10:38 PM EDT) -- A Harris County jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit in which FMC Technologies Inc. is seeking an award of about $34.6 million against its former chief engineer and the competing subsea drilling technology company he left for.

The jury heard opening statements on April 8 in the lawsuit where FMC accuses Richard Murphy and Dril-Quip Inc. of unlawfully using its proprietary designs, files and drawings to bring to market what's called a subsea tree system. The panel of 12 began deliberating around 1:30 p.m. Monday after hearing three weeks of testimony.

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