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Judge orders Zimmer to pay Stryker $228 million


A U.S. district judge has ordering Zimmer Holdings Inc. to pay Stryker Corp. about $228 million in a patent-infringement case.

Judge Robert Jonker of the U.S. District Court for Michigan's Western District threw out Zimmer's challenge of a jury verdict in Stryker's favor.

The jury had awarded Stryker $70 million and Jonker tripled that amount to $210 million because Warsaw, Ind.-based Zimmer willfully infringed on three patents held by Stryker. Jonker also said Stryker is entitled to $18  million in additional damages and interest.

Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker sued Zimmer in 2010, saying Zimmer's line of Pulsavac Plus devices infringed on its patents. They are hand-held, battery-powered, disposable devices used to clean wounds and remove dead tissue during surgery.

Zimmer says it's disappointed and plans to appeal.

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