ATLANTA (June 19) — A jury in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma recently found that Cordis Corporation willfully infringed three patents held by Oklahoma City cardiologist Dr. Jan K. Voda. After rejecting attacks on validity of the patents, the jury on May 25 awarded Dr. Voda a 7.5% royalty, a judgment worth an estimated $10 million over the life of the patents. Because the jury found the infringement to be willful, the judge has the discretion to enhance the damages by awarding up to three times the actual damages as well as attorneys’ fees.
Dr. Voda, a native of Czechoslovakia, fled the then-Communist country in the late 1970s to practice medicine and develop his lifesaving inventions in the United States. Since that time, he has patented a number of catheters and other medical devices used in cardiology. Dr. Voda’s patents infringed by Cordis relate to guiding catheters (specially shaped flexible rods) for performing angioplasty (removing blockages) in the coronary artery.
Cordis Corporation is a Florida-based Johnson & Johnson company. The medical device company, specializing in vascular disease management, has 7,000 employees worldwide.
Dr. Voda was represented by a team of Kilpatrick Stockton attorneys led by IP attorney Mitch Stockwell and including Charlie Henn and Jon Waldrop, as well as John Kenney of McAfee & Taft. Cordis Corporation was represented by Willkie Farr & Gallagher, led by John DiMatteo.
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