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Medtronic In Hot Water Again Over Spine Patents

Law360 (January 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- After last year’s record-breaking $1.4 billion payout to a Los Angeles surgeon, medical device maker Medtronic Inc. is now facing charges that it illegally sought patents based on the inventions of a New York orthopedic spine surgeon.

In late November, Dr. Harvinder S. Sandhu, backed by Medtronic rival Kyphon Inc., filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, charging Medtronic with breach of contract, trade secret theft and fraud.

Earlier this week, the complaint was unsealed at Kyphon’s request after settlement...
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