Fed. Circ. Clears Medtronic In Gore Stent Patent Case

Law360, New York (September 12, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court's ruling that Medtronic Inc.'s stent grafts do not infringe a patent held by W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.

The appeals court, which heard oral arguments on Monday, issued a one-line ruling affirming the June 2012 decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Davis, who rejected Gore's argument that Medtronic's methods of making its Talent abdominal and thoracic stent grafts infringe a single patent. 

The language of the patent claims requires that steps — like the formation of a...
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