Stryker to receive $248.7M in most recent patent infringement decision against Zimmer Biomet: 5 things to know

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U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids, Mich., found in favor of Stryker Corp., in a patent infringement case against Zimmer Biomet and awarded the orthopedic device company giant $248.7 million, according to Reuters.


Here are five things to know:


1. Stryker filed the lawsuit in 2010, alleging Zimmer Biomet's Pulsavac Plus device for orthopedic surgery wound cleaning infringed on three Stryker patents.


2. A federal jury found Zimmer willfully infringed on Stryker's patents in 2013 and awarded the company $70 million.


3. In 2014, Judge Jonker decided Stryker deserved more and awarded the company $228 million — triple the initial decision — due to the "flagrancy and scope" of the infringement. Zimmer appealed to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the infringement but reversed the willfulness and thus tripling of the damages.


4. Since the appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the courts were too rigid on willful infringement and Stryker's case was sent back to Judge Jonker to determine Stryker's award based on the Supreme
Court's new standards.


5. Judge Jonker reaffirmed his original decision and awarded Stryker $248.7 million.


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