Smith & Nephew Prevails Against Synthes In Medical Device Patent Suit

Law360, New York (September 5, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.K.-based Smith & Nephew Inc., a global medical device maker, prevailed in the first phase of its patent infringement trial with its Swiss rival Synthes Inc. in district court this week, over technology for aiding the healing of bone fractures.

Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr. ruled that Synthes, through its Pennsylvania–bases skeletal fixation subsidiary Synthes USA, had infringed Smith & Nephew patents with two key products from its trauma division. The lawsuit was filed in November 2004 in the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis....
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