Harris Beach Represents Greatbatch Ltd. in Successful Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Harris Beach PLLC has achieved a successful jury verdict for Greatbatch Ltd. following a two-week trial in which Greatbatch claimed patent infringement by AVX Corporation cost Greatbatch $37.5 million in lost sales, price erosion, and other value. The trial was held January 11 – 25, 2016 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. The jury awarded Greatbatch the $37.5 million in damages it was seeking.

“We are pleased with the jury’s decision as it supports the argument we have made since we filed our complaint in April 2013,” said James R. Muldoon, Harris Beach partner and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Also representing Greatbatch were Harris Beach partners Neal L. Slifkin and Laura W. Smalley, Harris Beach senior counsel Brian J. Gerling, and Harris Beach associates Steven P. Nonkes and Brendan M. Palfreyman.

The complaint focused on Greatbatch patents covering feedthrough filters used in implantable medical devices such as a cardiac pacemaker or cardioverter defibrillator. The technology is designed to prevent external interference signals, such as those caused by digital cellular phones, from adversely affecting the performance of those medical devices.

The jury returned a verdict finding that AVX Corporation and AVX Filters Corporation products infringe two Greatbatch patents. The jury's decision marked an important milestone in Greatbatch’s effort to defend its patented technology, which covers a range of filtered feedthrough technology.

During trial, Greatbatch presented evidence that certain AVX products infringe claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,905,627 and 5,333,095. In advance of trial, the court determined that the jury should also include damages for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,888,715. The jury verdict also confirmed the validity of Greatbatch’s asserted patents, as well as two other Greatbatch patents that AVX had challenged.

Additional information about the case can be obtained from publicly available court records. The case is styled Greatbatch Ltd. v. AVX Corporation and AVX Filters Corporation, Civil Action No. 13-cv-723-LPS. 


About Greatbatch, Inc.

Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE:GB) is one of the largest medical device outsource (MDO) manufacturers in the world serving the cardiac, neuromodulation, orthopaedics, vascular, advanced surgical and portable medical markets. The company provides innovative, high quality medical technologies that enhance the lives of patients worldwide. In addition, it develops batteries for high-end niche applications in energy, military, and environmental markets. The company’s brands include Greatbatch Medical, Lake Region Medical and Electrochem. Additional information is available at www.greatbatch.com.


About Harris Beach

Founded in 1856, Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal.  Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state as well as nationally and internationally.  Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals.  Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities.  The firm’s over 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.

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