Smith & Nephew Sues Arthrex, Inc. for Patent Infringement

Smith & Nephew, Inc., Endoscopy Division, a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc (NYSE: SNN) (London Stock Exchange: SN), today announced that the company has filed a patent
infringement lawsuit in US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
against privately-held Arthrex, Inc., (Naples, Fla.).
Smith & Nephew Endoscopy claims that Arthrex’s Retrobutton infringes US
Patents 5,645,588 and 5,306,301 owned by the company. The patents asserted
in the claim cover Smith & Nephew’s ENDOBUTTON(TM) fixation device and
similar devices and methods for attaching tissue grafts to bone during
arthroscopic surgery in the knee.
“Smith & Nephew has a long and proud history of providing medical
devices that help surgeons to deliver positive patient outcomes,” commented
Joe Darling, senior vice president and general manager, Arthroscopic
Repair, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy. “As a result, we will continuously and
vigorously protect our intellectual property rights around the world.”
Source: PR Newswire

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