Smith & Nephew Patent Dispute With Arthrex Continues in OregonWritten by Laura Miller | June 22, 2011
Smith & Nephew's patent infringement case against Arthrex is being heard this month in Oregon, according to a Smith & Nephew news release.
Smith & Nephew Endoscopy claims that the use of Arthrex's Bbio-SutureTak, PEEK SutureTak and PushLock suture anchors infringes on a patent owned by John Hayhurst, MD, and under exclusive license to Smith & Nephew Endoscopy. The devices are used during minimally invasive arthroscopic joint procedures.
In June 2008, a jury in U.S. District Court in Oregon found that Arthrex willfully infringed on Smith & Nephew's suture anchors and awarded the company $14.7 million. In 2009, the United States Patent & Trademark Office overruled Arthrex's validity challenges to the claims of the patent and a revised interpretation of the patent sent the case back to Oregon courts later that year.
Smith & Nephew is now seeking more damages than before and added products to the original dispute.
Read the release about the patent infringement.
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