Medtronic Wins $101 Million Award From NuVasive Over Spinal Device Patents

Bloomberg reports that Medtronic Inc. (MDT) has won a $101.2 million jury award in a patent-infringement trial against NuVasive Inc. over claims related to medical devices used in spinal surgery. The federal jury in San Diego yesterday also held Medtronic liable for $660,000 in damages to NuVasive for infringing one of its patents.
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In a two-week trial, Warsaw Orthopedic Inc., a unit of Minneapolis-based Medtronic, accused San Diego-based NuVasive of infringing three patents for implants capable of being inserted trans-laterally between adjacent vertebrae, a plate and screw system used to stabilize vertebrae in the cervical spine and a tissue retractor, according to court filings.
“We are pleased by the jury’s verdict,” Doug King, senior vice president and president of Medtronic Spinal, said in a statement. “The decision confirms our leadership in spinal implant technology, and we remain committed to vigorously defending our intellectual property.”

The case is Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA v. NuVasive Inc. (NUVA), 3:08-cv-1512, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).
Source: Bloomberg

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