Judge Hillman grants Motion for Permanent Injunction

Judge Hillman, sitting by designation, recently considered plaintiff Evonik Degussa GmbH’s motion for permanent injunction filed following a jury trial after which the jury found in favor of Evonik and awarded damages for past infringement.  Evonik Degussa GmbH v. Materia, Inc., No. 09-636-NLH-JS (Aug. 9, 2017).  Judge Hillman found that, on balance, the four eBay factors supported an injunction, based on facts including:

  • Defendant Materia and Evonik “are direct and primary competitors” for “olefin metathesis catalysts” in the “pharmceutical, oleochemical, fine chemical, and polymer industries.”  Id. at 3, 6.
  • Evonik has never licensed the patented technology to its competitors.  Id. at 3, 6.
  • “Forcing Evonik to continue competing with its own patented technology [for the remaining two years of the life of the patent] would impose a weighty hardship under the circumstances of this case, and would be simply inequitable.”  Id. at 8.
  • The public interest would not be disserved.  Id. at 10.

The Court ordered the parties to meet and confer regarding the scope of the injunction and to submit a proposed permanent injunction to the Court.  Id. at 10-11.

Evonik Degussa GmbH v. Materia, Inc., No. 09-636-NLH-JS (Aug. 9, 2017)

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