Federal Circuit Sends Guidant's $140M Lawsuit Vs. St. Jude Back To District Court

Law360, New York (September 1, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has granted Guidant Corp. a new trial in its patent dispute with St. Jude Medical Inc. over implantable defibrillators, but denied a Guidant request to simply reinstate the $140 million jury verdict that was thrown out by the trial judge in Indiana district court.

In a clear victory for Guidant, the appeals court ruled that two Guidant patents are valid, and that a judge was incorrect to overturn a jury's finding of validity. The court sent the...
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