Medtronic Stents Infringe 2 Patents, Suit Alleges

Law360, New York (November 1, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT) -- Medical device giant Medtronic Inc. was hit with an infringement suit Thursday in Florida by a patent-holding entity that claims the company ripped off a pair of patents related to stent grafts used in vascular surgery.

Frisco, Texas-based Endotach LLC says Medtronic has been selling six different surgical devices used to undo blood vessel blockages, each of which infringe some part of the two stent patents. Endotach, which says it’s been given an exclusive license of the patents by the widow of the late inventor, also...
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