Appeals Court Upholds $41M Ruling Against Mary Kay

Law360 (January 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A U.S. appeals court judge has upheld a lower court’s decision to award TriStrata Technology Inc. $41 million in its drawn-out patent case against makeup retailer Mary Kay Inc. over ingredients used in a skin care product.

The federal circuit on Jan. 9 confirmed a jury’s finding in March 2005 that Mary Kay should pay TriStrata, a subsidiary of NeoStrata Co., more that $26 million in backend royalties for allegedly infringing on several of the dermatological company’s patents.

After TriStrata returned to court to seek interest,...
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