John Erlandson, 63, of Lebanon, holds the patent on a recycled-rubber pencil,
which Staples plans to start selling in June.
Eli Lilly & Co. has filed lawsuits against seven generic drug companies in federal court in Indianapolis, asking a judge to
declare its Cymbalta patent valid and to tell the generic companies to back off.
Eli Lilly and Co.’s loss in May of a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by Ariad Pharmaceuticals
Inc. went down as the 6th-largest such jury award last year, a Bloomberg analysis shows.