Medtronic Alloy Patent Suit Withstands AGA Assault

Law360, New York (April 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has tossed some of Medtronic Inc.'s claims against rival medical device maker AGA Medical Corp. over a line of blood vessel occlusion devices, though she refused to free AGA entirely from Medtronic’s infringement allegations.

Judge Maxine M. Chesney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday refused to dismiss the infringement action outright, preserving claims relating to Medtronic's stress-induced martensite alloys, but she granted AGA summary judgment on two of three patents asserted by Medtronic insofar as they...
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