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Jury Awards Medtronic $101 Million in Patent Suit Against NuVasive

21-Sep-2011 | Source : | Visits : 8018
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Medtronic Inc. announced in a press release that a jury in the United States District Court of the Southern District of California in San Diego, found that NuVasive's CoRoent XL implants, MaXcess II and III retractors, and Helix and Helix mini anterior cervical plates infringe three patents owned by Medtronic. 

The jury awarded Medtronic $101.2 million in damages. 

“We are pleased by the jury’s verdict,” said Doug King, senior vice-president and president of Medtronic Spinal. “The decision confirms our leadership in spinal implant technology, and we remain committed to vigorously defending our intellectual property.” 

Medtronic’s three patents are related to implants for the thoracic and lumbar spine, a plate and screw system for the cervical spine and a tissue retractor. 

The translateral implant and cervical plate patents cover inventions developed by Gary K. Michelson, M.D.

Medtronic’s Spinal Business, based in Memphis, Tenn., is the global leader in today’s spine market and is committed to advancing the treatment of spinal conditions.

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