A California jury awarded a cardiologist $200 million dollars against Boston Scientific. The jury heard the patent infringement and licensing lawsuit filed by Dr. David Jang who developed two cardiac stents for Boston Scientific. The jury found in favor of Dr. Jang and awarded him $200 million dollars in damages. The jury determined that the medical device company breached its contract with Dr. Jang and infringed two patent claims.
In 2002, Dr. Jang licensed two stent patents to Boston Scientific in exchange for $50 million upfront and an additional $110 million contingent on sales of stents that incorporate his patents. In 2005, Dr. Jang sued Boston Scientific for breaching the license agreement and claimed that Boston Scientific failed to make payments required by the terms of the agreement. Dr. Jang alleged the company owed him just under $100 million for using his patented products, and with interest at about 12 percent a year, would bring that amount to more than $200 million.
What’s the take away here? First, a patent is only as good as your ability to enforce it. Here, the good doctor was able to stand his ground against a large opponent and prevail. Second, your ability to prevail in an infringement action may take longer than you would ever want. But patience may be a virtue in patent infringement actions, especially if the facts favor your cause.
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