Medtronic Stent Patent Claims Not Indefinite: Judge

Law360, New York (February 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has issued a summary judgment ruling largely in favor of Medtronic Inc. as the medical device maker prepares to go to trial against Abbott Laboratories in an ongoing infringement suit over two stent patents.

Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday issued a wide-ranging summary judgment ruling that denied Abbott's attempts to have the patents declared indefinite or obvious before trial and took away two of the company's defenses.

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