Compulsory licensing as a limitation on availability of injunctions under eBay doctrine.



Kaneka Corp. v. SKC Kolon PI, Inc., No. EDCV113397JGBRZX, 2017 WL 6343537 (C.D. Cal. Dec 8, 2017). Infringement case involving patents for polyimide films; motion for permanent injunction denied.

Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi, 872 F.3d 1367 (Fed. Cir. 2017). Infringement case involving patents for Praluent (cholesterol medicine); Federal Circuit vacated permanent injunction in opinion reversing finding of infringement.

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple, Inc., No. 14-cv-062-wmc (W.D. Wis. June 6, 2017). Infringement case involving patents for iPhone and iPad technology; injunction denied, ongoing royalty awarded of $2.74 per unit.

Nichia Corp. v. Everlight Americas, Inc., 855 F. 3d 1328 (Fed. Cir. 2017). Infringement case involving patents for LEDs; permanent injunction denied.


Cave Consulting Grp., LLC v. Optuminsight, Inc., No. 5:11-CV-00469-EJD, 2016 WL 4658979 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 7, 2016). Infringement case involving technology for measuring physician efficiency through medical claims; injunction denied.

Bayer Pharma AG v Watson Laboratories, Inc., No. 12-1726-LPS, 2016 WL 7468172 (D. Del., Dec. 28, 2016). Infringement case involving generic version of Bayer’s Natazia, an oral contraceptive; permanent injunction denied.


Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. Interlace Med., Inc., 955 F. Supp. 2d 69 (D. Mass. 2013). Patent infringement case involving arthroscopic surgical instruments and methods for use; permanent injunction denied.


Conceptus, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., No. C 09-02280 WHA, 2012 WL 44064 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2012). Infringement case involving transcervical contraceptive patents; permanent injunction denied.

Boston Scientific v. Cordis Corp., 838 F.Supp.2d 259 (D. Del. 2012). Infringement suit regarding patents for heart stents; in lieu of seeking injunction, Boston Scientific sought and was awarded a 32% royalty.


Edwards Lifesciences v Corevalve , 2011 WL 446203, No. 08-91-GMS (D. Del. Feb 7, 2011). Infringement case involving transcatheter heart valves, no sales in U.S. but concerns about manufacture in Mexico; injunction denied.


Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., v. Ciba Vision Corp., 712 F. Supp. 2d 1285 (M.D. Fla 2010). Infringement case involving contact lens products; permanent injunction denied.


Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA v. Globus Med., Inc., 637 F.Supp.2d 290 (E.D. Pa. 2009). Infringement case concerning devices and methods used by spinal surgeons to stabilize bony structures; injunction denied; 15% royalty on $13.9M gross sales of components of infringing product.


Innogenetics v. Abbott Laboratories, 512 F.3d 1363 (Fed. Cir. 2008). Infringement case involving HCV genotyping diagnostics; permanent injunction denied, remanded to district court to determine terms of a compulsory license.

Voda v. Cordis Corp., No. CIV-03-1512-L, 2006 WL 2570614 (W.D. Okla. Sept. 5, 2006), aff’d, 536 F.3d 1311 (Fed. Cir. 2008). Infringement case involving angioplasty guide catheters; permanent injunction denied.

Blogs, articles


March 8, 2018. Andrew Goldman, “Innogenetics v. Abbott – 2008 compulsory license granted for HCV genotyping kits under eBay v. MercExchange.”


July 6, 2017. Elise de Geyter, “KEI Recommends WIPO Study On Running Royalties As Limitation On Remedies,” IP Watch.

July 5, 2017. Andrew Goldman, “WIPO SCP 26 KEI Side Event: Running royalties as remedy to continued infringement of patents, with an emphasis on United States.”

June 8, 2017. Apple obtains compulsory license on patents owned by WARF, by District Court Judge in Wisconsin.


February 26, 2013. James Love, The US Department of Justice and USPTO call for compulsory licenses on thousands of “standards-essential” patents.


Feb. 10, 2012. Jeremy P. Bond, “Federal Circuit Draws the “Final Curtain” on a Long Saga, Affirming the District Court’s Decision That the Patent-in-Suit Is Not Invalid and Is Willfully Infringed.” Finnegan IP. Case:Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. v. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., No. 10-1510 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 10, 2012)

July 14, 2012. Thiru Balasubramanian, Posner’s dismissals of the patent infringement suits in Apple versus Motorola cites eBay and compulsory licensing.


September 1, 2011. James Love, The CoreValve compulsory license on patent to treat aortic stenosis.

September 1, 2011. Anne Mira Guha, The Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Compulsory License.


June 7, 2010. Anne Mira Guha, U.S. Compulsory licensing of medical inventions as a limit on remedies under eBay v MercExchange.


January 17, 2008. Robert Dailey. Innogenetics Loses Injunction; Abbott HCV Genotyping Test to Remain on the Market, Patent Docs.


May 1, 2007. Abbott recently sought compulsory license in US patent dispute.

May 28, 2007. Compulsory licensing of copyright under Article 44.2 of the TRIPS, in light of eBay, /node/1219

Other Blogs, articles’s page on Injunctions:

October 18, 2011. Dave Healey, Compulsory Licensing of U.S. Utility Patents: “Exclusivity” Redefined?