J&J Cries Trademark Breach Over Reprocessed Devices

Law360, New York (December 15, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Endo-Surgery has accused a rival of reprocessing its single-use surgical scalpels and reselling them to hospitals without removing the Ethicon service mark, thereby infringing the company’s trademark.

In the suit, Ethicon alleges that Florida-based medical device reprocessor Vanguard Medical Concepts Inc. infringes its trademark by reselling devices imprinted with the Ethicon service mark.

Vanguard does not make an effort to remove the Ethicon service mark from the reprocessed scalpels, the complaint alleges.

The company claims that as a result, Ethicon field...
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