Tell us about your top U.S. Supreme Court or federal appeals court victory over the past year and how you and your team achieved the win.
In [Idenix Pharmaceuticals v. Gilead Sciences], we saved Gilead’s miracle drug that cured Hepatitis C in countless patients—and knocked down the biggest patent verdict of all time. This classic patent fight involved competing stories about a key scientific breakthrough. A jury initially awarded the other side $2.5 billion, with the potential for billions more. After trial, we worked with the trial team to persuade the judge that Idenix’s patent was invalid—then on appeal, persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to invalidate their patent for a second reason too. Vindicating Gilead’s decision to fight the good fight, even in the face of huge risk, was immensely rewarding.
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