NuVasive Hit With Patent Suit Over Bone Screw Device

Law360, New York (April 25, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT) -- Medical device company AngleFix Tech LLC sued rival NuVasive Inc. in California federal court Wednesday for marketing spinal surgery equipment that allegedly infringes a patented screw-and-plate system used in orthopedic operations.

The complaint from North Carolina-based AngleFix concerns U.S. Patent No. 6,955,677, a fastening apparatus and method that NuVasive allegedly copied in its Helix Anterior Cervical Plating System, which is used in the cervical spine of the neck to provide stabilization.

The complaint does not make clear how long the Helix ACP devices — narrow purple...
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