February 1, 2018 – In its ongoing dispute with Karl-Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. in 3: 14-cv-00876 (N.D. Cal.), United States Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley issued an order on January 30, denying-in-part a request by Stryker Corp. to seal portions of its motion for sanctions related to its attorney billing rates. Magistrate Judge Corley stated that reference to outside counsel billing rates is not confidential, and that Stryker had not sufficiently shown how disclosure of billing rates would adversely affect its business or how billing information is private. The patents at issue in this action are U.S. Patent No. 8,069,420, entitled: “System for Controlling the Communication of Medical Imaging Data,” U.S. Patent No. 7,844,657, entitled: “System for Controlling Medical Devices,” and U.S. Patent Nos. 7,471,310 and 7,821,530, both entitled: “Intelligent Camera Head.” The lawsuit relates to Stryker’s allegedly infringing SwitchPoint Infinity 3 and SwitchPoint Element products along with sources of and destinations for medical imaging data.
By: Frederick C. Millett