Novartis Fights Enhanced Damages Bid After $178M Jury Loss

By Adam Lidgett (November 3, 2021, 6:15 PM EDT) -- Novartis says that it shouldn't have to pay enhanced damages after a jury hit the company with a $177.8 million verdict for selling a skin cancer drug that infringes two patents owned by a Daiichi Sankyo subsidiary.

On Tuesday, Novartis filed an opposition to Plexxikon Inc.'s bid for enhanced damages in a case where a jury in July found that Swiss-owned Novartis owes Plexxikon $177.8 million in royalties and fixed payments for willfully infringing its patents with Novartis' popular skin cancer drug Tafinlar.

But Novartis said that nothing it did was willful.

Novartis added that even if the court decides not...

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