Appeals court OKs $248m Stryker win over Zimmer Biomet

史塞克赢得与捷迈邦美的专利诉讼案,获赔2.48亿美元

2018-12-13 16:32:08 MASS DEVICE

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit this week affirmed Stryker‘s (NYSE:SYK) enhanced $248 million win in a surgical tool patent case against Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH). The Federal Circuit court affirmed the judgement in a per curiam ruling dated on Monday, according to recently released court documents. The damages in the case were previously enhanced due to a US Supreme Court ruling which made it easier to award enhanced damages. In July, Western District of Michigan Judge Robert Jonker reaffirmed an earlier decision to award enhanced damages “in light of the Supreme Court’s clarification of the governing standard in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc.,” according to court documents. The court was also asked to reconsider its award of attorney’s fees, due to a Supreme Court ruling in Octane Fitness, LLC, v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., which it also reaffirmed. Judge Jonker reaffirmed both decisions for triple damages for the 2013 jury verdict, which had been vacated on appeal by the Federal Circuit last year. He ruled that in the case, Stryker had “proven by clear and convincing evidence” that Zimmer had willfully infringed on 1 or more claims in all 3 of the patents-in-suit, according to court documents. Last September, a federal appeals court overturned the enhanced damages and attorney fees awarded in the $70 million patent infringement case Stryker had won over Zimmer Biomet, but upheld its prior ruling that patents were valid and infringed. The case was sent back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in June, when the Supreme Court held that the standard for enhanced damages awards in patent infringement cases should be relaxed. The case dates back to December 2010, when Stryker sued orthopedics rival Zimmer, alleging infringement of 3 patents covering wound debridement technology by Zimmer’s Pulsavac Plus device. In February 2013 a jury in the U.S. District Court for Western Michigan awarded $70 million to Stryker in damages plus royalties, ruling that Zimmer infringed all 3 patents claimed in the suit. Judge Robert Jonker trebled the damages in August of that year, ruling that the infringement was willful, ordering a permanent injunction and granting Stryker’s bid for lost profit damages for another nearly $2.4 million. The judge also granted Stryker’s motion for prejudgment interest, awarding nearly $11.2 million, plus reasonable attorney’s fees and additional prejudgment interest on those fees at a rate of 3.83%. The Federal Circuit court in 2014 rolled back that $228 million ruling, finding that Stryker failed to prove willful infringement. Stryker appealed to the Supreme Court, which vacated the appeals court’s ruling and ordered it to reconsider the case. The Supremes found that the Federal Circuit’s test was too rigid and allowed egregious infringers to evade liability.
本周,美国联邦巡回上诉法院确认Stryker(纽约证券交易所代码:SYK)在针对Zimmer Biomet (纽约证券交易所股票代码:ZBH)的手术工具专利案中赢得2.48亿美元的胜利。 联邦巡回上诉法院维持在判断每curiam周一日裁定,根据最近公布的法庭文件。 由于美国最高法院的裁决使得更容易判给强制赔偿金,因此该案件的赔偿金事先得到了加强。7月,密歇根州西区法官罗伯特·琼克重申了先前根据法院文件“根据最高法院对Halo Electronics,Inc。诉Pulse Electronics,Inc。的管理标准的澄清”判决增加赔偿金的决定 。 由于最高法院在Octane Fitness,LLC,诉Icon Health&Fitness,Inc。案中作出的裁决,法院还被要求重新考虑其律师费的裁决,该裁决 也得到了重申。 Jonker法官重申了2013年陪审团判决的双重赔偿裁决,该裁决于去年由联邦巡回法院上诉后撤销。根据法庭文件,他裁定,在这起案件中,Stryker“通过明确且令人信服的证据证明”Zimmer故意侵犯了所有3项诉讼中的一项或多项索赔。 去年9月,联邦上诉法院推翻了Stryker赢得Zimmer Biomet的7,000万美元专利侵权诉讼案中所提高的赔偿金和律师费,但维持其先前的专利有效和侵权的裁决。 该案件于6月被送回美国联邦巡回上诉法院,当时最高法院认为应放宽专利侵权案件中增强损害赔偿金的标准。该病例可追溯至2010年12月,当时Stryker起诉整形外科竞争对手Zimmer,声称Zimmer的Pulsavac Plus设备侵犯了伤口清创技术的3项专利。 2013年2月,美国西密歇根州地方法院的一个陪审团向Stryker 赔偿了7,000万美元的赔偿金和特许权使用费,裁定Zimmer侵犯了该诉讼中声称的所有3项专利。罗伯特·金克尔法官 在当年8月份判决赔偿金额增加了三倍,裁定侵权行为是故意的,下令签署永久性禁令,并批准Stryker申请赔偿近240万美元的利润损失。法官还批准了Stryker的判决前诉讼,判决金额接近1120万美元,加上合理的律师费以及这些费用的额外判决前利息率为3.83%。 2014年联邦巡回法院驳回了2.28亿美元的裁决,裁定Stryker未能证明故意侵权。Stryker向最高法院上诉,最高法院撤销了上诉法院的裁决,并命令其重新审理此案。Supremes发现联邦巡回法院的测试过于严格,允许恶劣的侵权者逃避责任。

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