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Medtronic Slapped With $110M In Damages In Patent Suit Over Medical Devices

Law360 (September 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal jury has slapped a subsidiary of medical device maker Medtronic with about $110 million in damages, plus possible punitive damages, in a dispute between the company and the doctor who invented some of its spinal fusion technologies.

A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee found that Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc. breached some parts of its agreements with Los Angeles heart surgeon Dr. Gary Michelson, and that some of the company's products infringe on Michelson's patents. The unit may...
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