Judge Tosses $15M Patent Win For Transocean

Law360, New York (July 1, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Thursday nixed a verdict holding that Maersk Contractors USA Inc. infringed two offshore drilling patents held by Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. and awarding $15 million in damages.

Transocean filed suit in July 2007 claiming Maersk infringed its technology by entering a contract to manufacture a drilling rig for Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC that used design elements covered by the patents. In April, a jury concluded that Maersk was liable for infringement, rejecting Maersk's contention that the patents were obvious....
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