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Preliminary Injunction Forces Medical Device Off Shelves

Law360 (November 29, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A U.S. joint replacement manufacturer will be forced to take its new technology for knee joint repair off the market after its larger British rival Smith & Nephew PLC won a preliminary injunction in federal court.

Smith & Nephew’s Tennessee-based Endoscopy Division sued Indiana-based Biomet Inc., as well as its wholly-owned subsidiary Arthrotek Inc., in May in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

Judge Garr M. King determined it was in the public interest to enjoin Biomet from infringing the patent in the...
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