Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Biomet injunction against Medtronic

Biomet obtains an injunction against Medtronic, but the injunction is stayed.

from Business Week:

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said May 25, 2005 that a federal court issued an injunction against the company over polyaxial screws that infringed a patent held by orthopedic product maker Biomet Inc.

Medtronic said that the injunction for the screw products used to stabilize and correct back disorders has been stayed for 90 days and will take effect Aug. 22. The company said it asked an appeals court to extend the stay to ensure that patients and surgeons still have access to the devices.

The injunction, handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, follows a ruling in April that found Medtronic's Sofamor Danek spinal products unit in violation of a patent held by Biomet unit Cross Medical Products Inc.


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