Smith & Nephew, ArthroCare Settle Patent Suit Over Surgical Devices

Law360, New York (October 3, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After losing at the Federal Circuit, U.K. medical device maker Smith & Nephew Inc. has settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival ArthroCare Corp. over minimally invasive surgical devices.

The settlement ends litigation that began in 2001 when Texas-based ArthroCare sued Smith & Nephew in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. ArtroCare claimed its patents for joint-surgery devices had been infringed by products in Smith & Nephew’s endoscopy division. The products allow surgeons to stop tissue from bleeding and to remove and...
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