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Alcon to pay J&J $199M to settle dispute over patents for laser eye surgery device

February 14, 2023

J&J’s case expanded from claiming Alcon infringed patents to accusing the company of stealing electronic copies of the source code for its own iFS Laser eye surgery device. According to J&J, Alcon “incorporated at least 26,000 lines of that code wholesale into the LenSx computer program-including typos and dates from well before development of the LenSx began.”

Alcon vowed to “defend all of these cases vigorously” and hit back with its own patent infringement and invalidity claims against J&J. Now, the companies have agreed a settlement to resolve all pending legal proceedings.

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