SOURCE: Marathon Patent Group

November 03, 2014 11:20 ET

Marathon Patent Group Wholly Owned Subsidiary MedTech Development Deutschland GmbH Receives Favorable First Instance Patent Infringement Ruling Against Stryker GmbH & Co. KG

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 3, 2014) -  Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA) ("Marathon"), a patent licensing company, announced today that on October 30, 2014, Marathon Patent Group wholly owned subsidiary MedTech Development Deutschland GmbH was notified that two favorable first instance patent infringement rulings have been issued 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 include injunctive relief and damages, as well as the additional grant of claims for destruction of the infringing products and information on the distribution chain. Formal notification of the ruling is expected shortly. 

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., and Direct Flow Medical. There are also ongoing validity proceedings pending with respect to which a ruling is not expected until some later point in time. 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 request for a stay of the infringement proceedings. 

"We are pleased that the Düsseldorf District Court has found for infringement and that we will be able to seek injunctive relief," 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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