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Genetic Implant Systems, Inc. v. Core-Vent Corp.

123 F.3d 1455, 43 U.S.P.Q.2d 1786 (1997)

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Genetic Implant Systems, Inc. v. Core-Vent Corp.

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

123 F.3d 1455, 43 U.S.P.Q.2d 1786 (1997)

Facts

Gerald Niznick (defendant) invented dental implants patented under Patent No. 4,960,381 (the 381 patent). Niznick assigned the patent to his company, Core-Vent Corp. (defendant). Core-Vent was incorporated in Nevada, and its principal place of business was in California. Before the 381 patent was awarded, Core-Vent sold its dental implants directly in Washington State. Following the issuance of the 381 patent, Core-Vent entered into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Dentsply International, Inc. (Dentsply), a business incorporated in Delaware with its principal place of business in Pennsylvania. Two Dentsply sales representatives operated in Washington. After the agreement was entered into, Dentsply made substantial sales in Washington of Core-Vent products that were covered in the 381 patent. Genetic Implant Systems, Inc., (Genetic) (defendant), a Washington corporation, also sold dental-implant products. Core-Vent sent Genetic several cease-and-desist letters, accusing Genetic of infringing on the 381 patent and refused a settlement offer extended by Genetic. Genetic filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, requesting a declaratory judgment finding that the 381 patent was not infringed and was invalid. Core-Vent and Niznick filed a motion to dismiss, asserting a lack of personal jurisdiction over Core-Vent in Washington. The district court granted the motion, and Genetic appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lourie, J.)

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