News of Monday's $1.67 billion patent verdict against Abbott Labs had patent lawyers slack-jawed across the United States. But perhaps even more surprising to some was the lawyer on the losing side: WilmerHale's William Lee, one of the biggest names in intellectual property litigation. The award broke the previous record, a San Diego jury's $1.52 billion verdict against Microsoft. That verdict was later tossed by the trial judge, and observers say the same could happen with the Abbott Labs case.
Anatomy of a $1.67 Billion IP Verdict
July 1, 2009