Stryker, Smith & Nephew Sued Over Bone Plate Patent

Law360, New York (May 6, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT) -- Medical device makers Stryker Inc. and Smith & Nephew Inc. were hit with suits by rival AngleFix Tech LLC in Tennessee federal court Monday, accusing them of infringing a patent for a bone plate apparatus used in orthopedic surgery.

The complaints, dated April 17 but not filed until Monday, allege both Stryker and S&N have infringed U.S. Patent Number 6,955,677 — which was issued in 2005 and covers an apparatus and method for multi-angle fastening of bone plates used in surgery — with their bone fixation systems....
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