Marathon Patent Group Wholly Owned Subsidiary MedTech Development Deutschland GmbH Starts Enforcement of Injunction Against Stryker GmbH & Co. KG
LOS ANGELES,CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/01/14 -- Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA) ("Marathon"), a patent licensing company, announced today that on November 27, 2014, its wholly owned subsidiary MedTech Development Deutschland GmbH took all necessary measures to start enforcement of an injunction against Stryker GmbH & Co. KG ("Stryker Germany").
The enforcement of the injunction follows two favorable first instance patent infringement rulings issued October 30, 2014 involving the German parts of European patent EP 1 938 765 B1 and EP 1 104 260 B2 ('patents in dispute') before the Düsseldorf District Court. The rulings included injunctive relief and damages, as well as the additional grant of claims for destruction of the infringing products and information on the distribution chain.
The rulings apply in the matters of MedTech Development Deutschland GmbH versus Stryker GmbH & Co. KG ("Stryker Germany") concerning medical devices offered by Stryker Germany for the use in kyhpoplasty surgery. Parallel proceedings are pending against Argomedical GmbH, Joimax GmbH, Joline GmbH & Co., Maxxspine Ltd., Optimed Medizinische Instrumente GmbH, Sam Medical GmbH and G-21 s.r.l., Signus Medizintechnik GmbH and PanMed Ltd., Ulrich GmbH & Co. There are also ongoing validity proceedings pending with respect to which a ruling is not expected until some later point in time. Due to the bifurcated system in Germany, the invalidity determinations are being handled by a different court. The Düsseldorf District Court has not been convinced of a high likelihood of patent invalidation and therefore, in its recent rulings, has rejected Stryker Germany's related request for a stay of the infringement proceedings.
"We are pleased that the Düsseldorf District Court found for infringement in its October 30, 2014 ruling, and that it included injunctive relief. On November 27, 2014, we started to enforce the injunction and further claims against Stryker GmbH & Co. KG that include comprehensive information on the distribution chain and a recall of patent infringing products from customers," said Doug Croxall, Founder and CEO of Marathon Patent Group.
About Marathon Patent Group:
Marathon is a patent acquisition and monetization company. The Company acquires patents from a wide-range of patent holders from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies. Marathon's strategy of acquiring patents that cover a wide-range of subject matter allows the Company to achieve diversity within its patent asset portfolio. Marathon generates revenue with its diversified portfolio through actively managed concurrent patent rights enforcement campaigns. This approach is expected to result in a long-term, diversified revenue stream. To learn more about Marathon Patent Group, visit www.marathonpg.com.
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Released December 1, 2014