A few years ago, U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin of the Central District of California seemed to be on Cochlear Ltd.’s side.

Although a jury awarded $131 million against the Australian hearing implant giant in 2014 for infringing four patent claims, Olguin ruled post-trial that three of the four claims were invalid. He also granted a new trial on damages and rejected the jury’s finding that the award was willful.

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