Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Juno Therapeutics v. Kite Pharma Inc.

Irell & Manella LLP and Jones Day advised Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Juno Therapeutics on the dispute.

A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California awarded the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Juno Therapeutics, Inc. $752 million in a patent infringement suit against Kite Pharma Inc.

Following trial, on post-trial motions, the court awarded the plaintiffs over $778 million on the jury verdict to account for Kite’s infringing sales of Yescarta not accounted for by the time of trial, enhanced damages of over $389 million for Kite’s willful infringement, and an ongoing royalty of 27.6% on Yescarta revenues through patent expiration. The court uniformly denied Kite’s post-trial motions to overturn the jury verdict and to obtain a new trial.

Update: in April 2020, Irell convinced a judge to enhance a jury’s damages by 50 percent, increasing an award the firm secured for Juno Therapeutics, Inc. and Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research to more than $1.1 billion.

Sloan Kettering Institute For Cancer Research, Inc. provides cancer treatment services. The Company offers biomedical research for cancer, as well as delivers education and training programs to physicians and scientists.

Juno Therapeutics, Inc. operates as a clinical-stage biotechnology company. The Company focuses on developing immunotherapies for cancer and other research services. Juno Therapeutics serves the healthcare sector in the United States.

The Irell team includes Morgan Chu (Picture), Alan Heinrich, Maclain Wells, Elizabeth Tuan, Michael Fleming, Rebecca Carson and Ingrid Petersen. Jones Day is co-counsel with Irell.

The Jones Day team included Andrea Weiss Jeffries, Jennifer Swize and Sarah Geers.

Involved fees earner: Rebecca Carson – Irell & Manella; Morgan Chu – Irell & Manella; Michael Fleming – Irell & Manella; Alan Heinrich – Irell & Manella; Ingrid Petersen – Irell & Manella; Elizabeth Tuan – Irell & Manella; Maclain Wells – Irell & Manella; Sarah Geers – Jones Day; Jennifer Swize – Jones Day; Andrea Weiss Jeffries – Jones Day;

Law Firms: Irell & Manella; Jones Day;

Clients: Juno Therapeutics; Sloan Kettering Institute For Cancer Research Inc;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti