July 24, 2017 – United States District Judge Leonard P. Stark issued a Memorandum Order on July 20 deciding certain pretrial issues ahead of the upcoming trial in the four-year patent battle between Greatbatch Ltd. and AVX Corporation over their competing pacemaker technologies. In particular, Jude Stark granted Greatbatch’s motion in limine to preclude AVX from offering deposition testimony during trial of an expert that AVX earlier fired as it would be unduly prejudicial. Greatbatch’s patents-in-suit in this infringement trial are U.S. Patent No. 6,888,715, entitled “EMI Feedthrough Filter Terminal Assembly Utilizing Hermetic Seal For Electrical Attachment Between Lead Wires and Capacitor,” and U.S. Patent No. 6,765,779, entitled “EMI Feedthrough Filter Terminal Assembly For Human Implant Applications Utilizing Oxide Resistant Biostable Conductive Pads For Reliable Electrical Attachments.” Greatbatch won a $37.5 million damages jury decision back in January 2016 for AVX’s infringement of five different patents. The case citation is: Greatbatch Ltd. v. AVX Corp. et al., 1:13-cv-00723 (D. Del. 2013).
By: Frederick C. Millett