Jury Hands Medtronic $101M In Spine Device IP Fight

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT) -- Medtronic Inc. won $101.2 million in damages Tuesday in a California jury trial over rival NuVasive Inc.'s alleged infringement of a dozen patents for implants and devices used in spinal surgeries.

The jury found that Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. — a unit of Minneapolis-based Medtronic — showed sufficient evidence that several of NuVasive's products for minimally invasive spinal surgeries infringed the medical technology company's patents.

But Medtronic also owes NuVasive $660,000 in damages for infringing one of its patents, according to the verdict.

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