Claims for declaratory judgment concerning validity of a patent do not entitled the parties to the Seventh Amendment right for a trial by jury, the Southern District of New York held in Abbot Labs. v. Mathilda & Terence Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Trust, No. 11-CV-2541, slip op. (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 11, 2012) (Crotty, J.).  Relying on Federal Circuit precedent, Supreme Court precedent, and principles of law and equity from the eighteenth centry (when the Seventh Amendment was adopted), the Court recognized that "the right to a jury trial arises in situations where a patentee facing a claim or defense of invalidity would otherwise be able to seek damages for infringement from the alleged infringer" (thereby being a case at law rather than in equity).  Here, the Court had stayed all claims not related to validity of the patent pending a trial on that issue.  Since theonly issue at trial will be the parties' competing claims for declaratory judgment regarding the validity of the patent-in-suit, there are no damages at issue and thus no right to a jury.  It is of no moment that the stayed claims seek damages, since the Seventh Amendment analysis proceeds on a claim-by-claim basis.