Surgical Device Maker Slaps Rival Over Smoke Pencil

Law360, New York (October 9, 2009, 12:34 PM EDT) -- I.C. Medical Inc. has accused rival ConMed Corp. of infringing two patents for a surgical smoke evacuation pencil and of using its large market share and agreements with hospital supply groups to predatorily underprice the smaller electrosurgery equipment manufacturer.

The complaint, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, argues that Conmed takes advantage of its "much larger" size and market power to win supply agreements with group purchasing organizations, which bargain on behalf of a collection of hospitals and clinics....
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