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Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. v. St. Jude Medical, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
576 F.3d 1348, 91 U.S.P.Q.2d 1898 (2009)
Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. (Cardiac) (plaintiff) held multiple patents involving cardiac defibrillators, one of which (the ‘288 patent) claimed a method of heart stimulation capable of detecting arrhythmias and administering shocks. Cardiac brought an infringement action against St. Jude Medical, Inc. and Pacesetter, Inc. (collectively, St. Jude) (defendants) in federal district court. The court held that the ‘288 patent was valid and infringed. The court also found that Cardiac was entitled to damages for the overseas sales of infringing defibrillators by St. Jude. The damages award was entered pursuant to § 271(f) of the patent statute, which imposed liability on parties that supplied components of a patented invention in or from the United States in a manner that actively induced the combination of those components. St. Jude appealed the damages decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which sat en banc.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lourie, J.)
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