Medtronic Wins Appeal Over Spinal Technology

Law360, New York (March 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a blow to Biomet Inc., a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of rival medical device maker Medtronic in a dispute over patents covering spinal surgery.

In its decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Medtronic's current multi-axial pedicle screw products do not infringe any claim of Cross Medical's U.S. patent.

"We are pleased that the Federal Circuit appellate court agreed with our position that we did not infringe Biomet's designs," said Pete Wehrly, senior vice president and president...
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