Fed. Circ. Remands Guidant Patent Case For Damages

Law360, New York (December 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a long-standing patent dispute between Guidant Corp. and St. Jude Medical Inc. over implantable defibrillators, a federal appeals court has ruled that Guidant’s patent claim covering how the device is used is valid and remanded the case to a district court for an assessment of infringement damages.

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s finding that a method claim under Guidant’s patent, U.S. Patent Number 4,407,288, was invalid and sent...
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