Cochlear Hit With $131M Verdict In Implant Patent Trial

Law360, New York (January 24, 2014, 9:32 PM EST) -- A California federal jury served Cochlear Ltd. with a $131.2 million verdict on Thursday, finding that the Australian-based company had infringed two patents related to technology for cochlear implants owned by the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research.

Following a six-day trial, the jury found that Cochlear, a leading manufacturer of hearing assistance devices, had directly and willfully infringed on AMF’s patents with several of its cochlear implants, sound processors and software products. The jury found that Cochlear should pay a royalty rate of 7.5...
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