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The Federal Circuit is back in action next week. Though it’s still a summer-style light calendar—just three days of arguments—Thursday’s lineup looks tantalizing. First, the Federal Circuit will decide if Apple must, for a second time, pay VirnetX hundreds of millions in damages for patents the PTO has invalidated. The second case involves a $62 million judgment for patent infringement that includes $20 million in discovery sanctions. Start microwaving the popcorn!

(L-R) WilmerHale’s William Lee, MoloLamken’s Jeff Lamken and Paul Hastings’ Stephen Kinnaird. (Courtesy photos)

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