Thermal Scalpel Cuts Tyco, Covidien From IP Suit

Law360, New York (October 7, 2009, 2:03 PM EDT) -- Thermal Scalpel LLC has dropped Covidien Ltd. and Tyco Healthcare Group LP from a patent infringement lawsuit accusing roughly a dozen companies of infringing a patent for an electrically heated surgical cutting tool that can cauterize tissue as well as make incisions.

Judge David Folsom of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday approved a joint motion to dismiss Covidien and Tyco from the suit.

Each party will cover its own attorneys’ fees and costs, and the dismissal does not release...
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