Playing with data is so much fun

There is quite a lot of raw data in the FPC’s decisions. Why not scramble and shuffle it a bit? I did so below for the decisions published in 2017. It’s kind of a sneak preview; I will extend the lists to include the older decisions later.

Try and play with it: Scroll horizontally through the tables, to see the full picture. The contents are searchable to only show the information you are looking for, and the tables are sortable by each column.

1.   Decisions

Case #DateTechnologyPlaintiff / RequesterDefendant / RespondentPatent(s)Value in disputeAdvance paymentCourt feeParty compensationDetailsStatusRelated
O2015_0042017 03 09PharmaceuticalsActavis Switzerland AGEli Lilly & Company
Eli Lilly (Suisse) SA
EP 1 313 508 B1CHF 1'000'000,--n/aCHF 60'000,--CHF 158'000,--Read morenot yet finalS2016_004
O2016_0122017 02 22Human necessitiesn/an/a
n/a
n/an/an/an/an/aRead moren/a
S2017_0032017 01 31Watches*Biowatch SA*Oréade SA*
n/a
n/a
n/an/aCHF 10'000,--n/an/aRead moren/a
S2017_0022017 01 18Performing operations*Bystronic Laser AG*Tomologic AB*EP 2 485 864 B1*n/an/aCHF 7'000,--n/aRead morefinal
S2017_0012017 01 16Pharmaceuticalsn/an/an/an/aCHF 60'000,--n/an/aRead moren/a

NOTES

n/a Perhaps the most versatile abbreviation; it either means not available or not applicable.
* The respective information is not identified in the decision. But I either know it by heart or, at least, I am convinced based on the details given in the decision that I am not mistaken.
The advance payment was not for the present decision, but rather for the further course of the proceedings.
Reduced in view of co-pending proceedings.

2.   Litigation teams

Did you ever wonder who is teaming up with whom in litigation, on behalf of which parties — and what the outcome is?

The table below will give you some guidance.

Case #Value in disputeLawyer ...of the firm ...at actual costs of ...and awarded costs of ...teamed up with Patent Attorney ...of the firm ...at actual costs of ...and awarded costs of ...acting on behalf of ...being the ...OutcomeDetails
O2015_004CHF 1'000'000,--HILTI, Christian
STAUBER, Demian
Rentsch Partnern/an/aCARREIRA, AndreaRentsch Partnern/an/aEli Lilly & Company
Eli Lilly (Suisse) SA
DefendantsadRead more
O2015_004CHF 1'000'000,--MONDINI, Andrea
FRÜH, Alfred
Schellenberg Wittmern/aCHF 70'000,--WELCH, AndreasHepp Wenger RyffelCHF 88'000,--CHF 88'000,--Actavis Switzerland AGPlaintiffhappyRead more
O2016_012n/aHILTI, Christian
STAUBER, Demian
Rentsch Partnern/an/aMEYER, Bruno1
OTTOW, Jens2
Schneider Feldmann1
Rentsch Partner2
n/an/an/aPlaintifftieRead more
O2016_012n/aRITSCHER, Michael
SCHAERLI, Kilian
Meyerlustenberger Lachenaln/an/an/an/an/an/an/aDefendanttieRead more
S2017_003n/aWAGNER, Christophen/an/an/an/an/an/an/aOréade SA*
n/a
n/a
RespondentsadRead more
S2017_003n/aDUCOMMUN, FlorianHDCn/an/an/an/an/an/aBiowatch SA*RequesterhappyRead more
S2017_002n/aHOLZER, Simon
BAUMGARTNER, Esther
Meyerlustenberger Lachenaln/an/aTOLETI, MartinE. Blum & Co.n/an/aTomologic AB*RespondenthappyRead more
S2017_002n/aWEISSER, Catherinen/an/an/aPatentbüro Paul Rosenichn/an/aBystronic Laser AG*RequestersadRead more
S2017_001n/aHESS, Andri
BAECHLER, Roman
Homburgern/an/an/aCarpmaels & Ransfordn/an/an/aRequestersadRead more
S2017_001n/aMONDINI, AndreaSchellenberg Wittmern/an/aWELCH, AndreasHepp Wenger Ryffeln/an/an/aRespondenthappyRead more

NOTES

n/a Perhaps the most versatile abbreviation; it either means not available or not applicable.
* The respective information is not identified in the decision. But I either know it or, at least, I am convinced based on the details given in the decision that I am not mistaken.

Life is complicated. So is litigation. Not each and every outcome can be strictly categorized as a victory, defeat or tie for the parties involved. From a commercial point of view, it may e.g. be perfectly reasonable for a patentee to lodge even a hopeless suit, just to keep the threat up as long as possible. Still, it will be a defeat in legal terms in the end, and (only) this is what I have considered here. Statistics call for simplification:

Court decision issued; at the face of it to be considered a victory.
Court decision issued; at the face of it to be considered a defeat.
Court decision issued, at the face of it to be considered a tie; it is unclear which party actually might feel better off with the decsion.

Unhappy with the grading of your case? You feel I got it wrong? Let me know why, and I will be happy to reconsider.

3.   Judges’ Cases

Case #Judges (Law)Judges (Technology)Judge-rapporteurTechnologyPatent valid?Patent infringed?Details
O2015_004BRAENDLE, DieterDUX, Roland
von BALLMOOS, Prisca
DUX, RolandPharmaceuticalsn/anoRead more
O2016_012BRAENDLE, DieterBREMI, Tobiasn/an/an/an/aRead more
S2017_003BRAENDLE, DieterSCHNYDER, Frank
BREMI, Tobias
n/aWatchesn/an/aRead more
S2017_002BRAENDLE, Dietern/an/aPerforming operationsn/an/aRead more
S2017_001BRAENDLE, Dietern/an/aPharmaceuticalsn/an/aRead more

Now, what do you think of all the above? Anything missing? Please let me know.

Martin WILMING

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2 Replies to “Playing with data is so much fun”

  1. That is interesting! Think about taking this a step further, like calculating counsel’s success rates, individually and per team(s); identify price ranges; …

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