The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last month affirmed a lower court’s ruling that W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. willfully infringed C.R. Bard Inc.’s blood vessel graft patent. That resulted in $205 million being added to the $854 million in damages Gore has already been ordered to pay Bard in the long-running case. The Federal Circuit heard the case once before and used it to set a new standard for proving willfulness. On remand, U.S. District Judge Mary Murguia held that Gore’s infringement was willful under the new standard and the Federal Circuit agreed.
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