Putting an asset in a blind trust doesn’t amount to divesting it.

That seemingly simple conclusion had an enormous impact in a patent dispute between Centripetal Networks and Cisco Systems. Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a patent infringement win for Centripetal that had resulted in a damages and royalties bill of more than $2.75 billion for Cisco — and Litigator of the Week honors for Centripetal’s counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

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