Medtronic Willfully Infringed Disc Patent: Jury

Law360, New York (December 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal jury has determined that Medtronic Inc.'s spine unit owes a Synthes Inc. subsidiary $5.8 million in lost profits in addition to royalties for infringing a patent for artificial spine disks.

The jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee found Friday that the patent-in-suit was not invalid for obviousness and that Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc. had infringed it willfully.

In addition to lost profits, the jury found that Medtronic owed Synthes subsidiary Spine Solutions Inc. an 18 percent royalty on...
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