Largest Patent Settlements in History

The settlement this week of the longstanding patent tussle between Gary Michelson and Medtronic in favor of Michelson for $1.35-billion got me thinking: What are the largest patent settlements on record? Well, here they are:

Year Plaintiff Defendant Settlement ($mm)
2005 Dr. Gary K. Michelson Medtronic $1,350
1990 Polaroid Eastman Kodak 909
2004 Sun Microsystems Microsoft 900
2004 Intergraph Intel 675
2004 InterTrust Technologies Microsoft 440

Interesting that all but one of the top five largest are in the last year.

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  1. Largest patent settlements

    The largest patent settlements:
    Year
    Plaintiff
    Defendant
    Settlement ($mm)
    2005
    Dr. Gary K. Michelson
    Medtronic
    $1,350
    1990
    Polaroid
    Eastman Kodak
    909
    2004
    Sun Microsystems
    Microsoft
    900
    2004
    Intergraph
    Intel
    675
    200…

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    Infectious Greed: Largest Patent Settlements in HistoryThe settlement this week of the longstanding patent tussle between Gary Michelson and Medtronic in favor of Michelson for $1.35-billion got me thinking: What are the largest patent settlements on r…