Covidien Doesn't Infringe Surgical Seal Patent, Judge Says

Law360, New York (March 28, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Monday that medical device company Covidien PLC is not infringing rival Applied Medical Resources Corp.’s patent covering technology for a gas-tight seal used with surgical instruments, but declined to declare the patent is invalid.

Applied Medical accuses Covidien of infringing its patent by making a surgical seal called “the VersaSeal Plus,” used by surgeons during minimally invasive procedures to inflate a patient’s abdominal cavity and provide space for a doctor to operate.

U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer granted Covidien’s motion...
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