A Delaware jury has awarded $26.4 million to a competitor of Mary Kay Cosmetics in a patent case involving three skin care patents. What’s interesting about this case — aside from the $26.4 million damages award — is that it shows the extent of monetary damages that can arise from even such mundane products as cosmetics. Not every case involves cutting edge computer or pharmaceutical inventions. Second, the case was tried in just five days. My own experience is that juries often lose interest and start to get bored after 3 or 4 days. I’ve always been a proponent of fast paced, focused trials. This decision, I think, bears that out.