The National Law Journal named Stephanie Parker, co-leader of Jones Day's Business & Tort Litigation Practice, to its annual list of "Winning Litigators."
Ms. Parker was recognized for her role in the record-setting patent verdict on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.) against Gilead Sciences Inc. over sofosbuvir, the active ingredient in Gilead's hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi® and Harvoni®. Ms. Parker has tried and won scores of cases and this was her first intellectual property trial.
She led a cross-office and cross-practice team that convinced a jury to conclude, after less than two hours of deliberation, that Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs willfully infringed upon Idenix’s patent directed to methods for treating patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The jury awarded Idenix $2.54 billion in damages for infringing sales of sofosbuvir-based medicines through August 2016. That is both the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history and an important ruling in an industry where patent protection is essential to developing new medical treatments.
The Jones Day team representing Idenix included Calvin P. Griffith (Intellectual Property - Cleveland), Ryan B. McCrum (Intellectual Property - Cleveland), Anthony M. Insogna (Intellectual Property - San Diego), Jennifer L. Swize (Issues & Appeals - Washington), John D. Kinton (Intellectual Property - San Diego), John M. Michalik (Intellectual Property - Chicago), Bradley W. Harrison (Business & Tort Litigation - Cleveland), and Steven N. Geise (Business & Tort Litigation - San Diego).
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In her NLJ profile, Ms. Parker emphasizes the importance of teamwork and authenticity as key ingredients for success.
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