Federal Circuit Says U.S. Can't Decide Foreign Patents

Law360, New York (February 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has shot down a doctor’s request to pursue foreign patent infringement claims in the U.S. courts.

In a 2-1 ruling issued Thursday, the three-judge panel said that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma had improperly extended its jurisdiction in allowing the claims.

Oklahoma City cardiologist Dr. Jan K. Voda sued Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Cordis Corp. for infringing his patents for an angioplasty catheter. Voda won $2.2 in attorneys’ fees and compensatory damages...
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