Court Affirms BrainLAB’s Win Against Medtronic

Law360, New York (February 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed Medtronic Inc.’s patent infringement suit against German rival BrainLAB AG.

The decision, handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, was especially noteworthy because a jury had originally awarded

Medtronic $51 million.

In a dramatic turnaround, a Colorado district court judge reversed the award after finding that Medtronic’s attorneys had failed to provide “particularized testimony” supporting Medtronic’s claim that four of its patents for image-guided surgical techniques were infringed....
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