Federal Circuit Finds District Court Did Not Abuse Discretion in Stryker Appeal

May 13, 2016 – The Federal Circuit found that a district court did not abuse its discretion in applying New Jersey’s local patent rules to prevent Plaintiff-Appellants Howmedica Osteonics Corp. and Stryker Ireland Ltd. (collectively, “Stryker”) from asserting a doctrine of equivalents patent infringement claim.  The Federal Circuit also affirmed the district court’s claim construction of “essentially midway.”  Stryker accused Defendant-Appellees Smith & Nephew, Inc., Wright Medical Technology, Inc., and Zimmer, Inc. (collectively, “Zimmer”) of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,475,243, which relates to a “socket assembly used in prosthetic hip implants.”  The cases are numbered 2015-1232, -1234, and -1239.

By: Katherine E. Adams

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