Laches Ends Bifurcated Stent Patent Violation Situation – Medinol Limited v. Cordis Corporation et al

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Situation Number: 1:13-cv-01408-SAS (Dkt. 64)

Getting bifurcated trial of Medinol’s breach claims against Cordis for Cordis’s Cypher and Cypher Select stents, legal court learned that laches presents a whole defense and therefore overlooked the problem with prejudice.

The suit involved four “Pinchasik Patents” (U.S. Patents Nos. 5,980,552 (“Articulated stent“), 6,059,811 (“same”), 6,589,276 (“same”), and 6,875,228 (“same”). The Pinchasik Patents are continuations from the patent that three continuations-in-part issued (the “Israel Patents”). Medinol characterised the Pinchasik Patents as claiming articulated stents, as well as the Israel Patents as claiming uniformly flexible stents.

Legal court learned that Medinol had unreasonably and inexcusably delayed suit by periods different from 5 years, 10 several days, and 5 days for recently issued patent, that was within the court’s discretion to discover a shorter-than-6-years delay uncommon. (Legal court excused a number of plaintiff’s delay because of related litigation and negotiations.)

Legal court also learned that Cordis suffered economic prejudice. Rather of speculating about what “Cordis would or won’t have done” if faced with a young suit, legal court mentioned it examined what Cordis really did. Cordis had became a member of in to a multi-year business design with Medinol, the court mentioned it can’t did whether or not this understood that Medinol was “clinging with a Pinchasik suit when its business design deteriorated.” Legal court mentioned that Medinol provides Cordis no warning it possessed claims regarding its Pinchasik patents: “Medinol first put lower the Pinchasik claims for almost seven years, suing Cordis on other patents around the globe but never asserting these claims.” Ultimately, legal court mentioned that Medinol’s delay deprived Cordis of the opportunity to change its business strategies, and therefore prejudiced Cordis economically.

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