Carnival Corporation Wins $21 Million Judgment in Patent Infringement and Breach of Contract Trial

1 minute read | March.14.2023

A cross-practice intellectual property and litigation team secured a sweeping trial win for Carnival Corporation in the Southern District of Florida when a jury awarded $21 million in damages in a patent infringement and breach of contract case against DeCurtis LLC. The jury deliberated just a few hours before reaching its verdict after an eight-day trial.

The jury agreed with our client Carnival Corporation’s claims that DeCurtis misappropriated the company’s proprietary information related to its novel OceanMedallion™ guest engagement system and infringed a Carnival Corporation patent. Prior to trial, our team won a crucial summary judgment order eliminating all of DeCurtis’s counterclaims, leaving Carnival Corporation’s breach of contract and patent infringement claims for the jury to decide.

"We are glad to see DeCurtis held accountable for misappropriating Carnival Corporation's intellectual property and confidential information," Carnival said in a statement. "Technology like our game-changing OceanMedallion™ guest engagement system gives Carnival Corporation and our world-class brands a significant competitive advantage." 

Litigation Daily recognized the win in its Litigators of the Week feature, and profiled the trial success in this story.

The Orrick team was led by partner Steve Routh, who handled opening statements and closing arguments at trial. The trial team also included partners Sheryl Garko, Rob Uriarte, Diana Fassbender, Laura Najemy, and Mel Bostwick, Chief Practice Officer Vann Pearce, and associates Johannes Hsu, Olivia Clements, David Medina, and Tammy Su.