Supreme Court will not review Zimmer Biomet-Stryker $248.7M patent dispute

Written by Laura Dyrda | October 07, 2019 | Print  |

In a nearly decades-old case, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review its decision in a patent infringement case between Stryker and Zimmer Biomet. 

 

Stryker initially sued Zimmer Biomet in 2010 for infringing on patents for Stryker's pulsed lavage devices; a jury found in favor of Stryker in 2013 and the court tripled the award damages after finding the infringement willful in 2014.

While Zimmer Biomet was ordered to pay $248.7 million, the company argued the payment was not proportional to the infringement scope and at the time was among the largest awards for a patent infringement case. Since then, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that courts were too rigid on willful infringement, but the judge reaffirmed his decisions.

The appeals court has decided not to review its previous decision.

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