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Ariz. Court Validates Bard's Graft Patent

Law360 (July 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal court ruled on Tuesday that C.R. Bard Inc.'s patent on a type of prosthetic blood vessel graft was valid, finally ending a case against drugmaker W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. that has dragged on for roughly five years.

A jury awarded $185 million to Bard in December 2007, finding that Gore had willfully infringed a patent titled “Prosthetic vascular graft.” But it did not rule on whether the patent was unenforceable, as Gore had contended.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge for the District...
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