Applied Scores Victory In Covidien Surgical Tool IP Fight

Law360, New York (October 11, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal jury found Friday that Applied Medical Resources Corp. did not infringe two patents for surgical devices held by a Covidien PLC unit, and also declared the patent claims at issue were invalid.

The plaintiffs, Covidien predecessor Tyco Healthcare Group LP and United States Surgical Corp., originally asserted four patents. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin found that asserted claims from two of the patents — U.S. Patent Numbers 5,304,143 and 5,685,854 — were invalid because they pointed to an invention that had...
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