U.S. District Judge James Cohn in Fort Lauderdale has granted a permanent injunction to MAKO Surgical Corp. in its attempt to enforce a noncompete clause against a former employee who joined Blue Belt Technologies Inc.
MAKO, a Davie-based manufacturer of hip and knee replacement surgical robotics, sued Pittsburgh-based Blue Belt and former MAKO sales manager Jeff Gellman.
The injunction bars Blue Belt and Gellman from using and disclosing any of MAKO’s proprietary information and requires the destruction of any MAKO proprietary information with Blue Belt.
Gellman is barred from working for Blue Belt until August and can work for Blue Belt in only a limited capacity until 2014.
MAKO claimed Gellman violated his noncompete agreement and improperly gave his new employer access to MAKO customer lists. Blue Belt manufactures and markets an orthopedic surgical system with precision robotics for knee replacements, a product similar to MAKO’s.
The order granted Thursday was accompanied by a joint settlement granting MAKO additional relief and future protection.
Michael Austin, a partner with DLA Piper, represented MAKO.
Peter Valori, managing partner of Damian Valori, and associate Russell Landy represented the defendant.