Federal circuit affirms determination of willful infringement by W.L. Gore

January 14, 2015 – The Federal Circuit affirmed a determination by the United States District Court for the District of Arizona that Appellant W.L. Gore willfully infringed Appellee Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.’s U.S. Patent No. 6,436,135 (“the ‘135 patent”), which relates to prosthetic vascular grafts made of highly-expanded polytetrafluoroethylene.  The Federal Circuit also found that Appellees Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. and Goldfarb had standing to sue for infringement of the ‘135 patent.  This case is captioned Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc., et al. v. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., 2014-1114.

By: Margaret A. Scoolidge

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