A very significant patent war has been brewing between Medtronics and Johnson & Johnson.

Depuy Acromed (a division of Johnson & Johnson) won a final $52 million judgement against Sofamor Danek Group (a division of Medtronics) relating to implants used in spinal surgery. This was affirmed by Federal Circuit on Appeal.
http://www1.jonesday.com/practices/d...ish&AreaID=392

In another lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied Medtronics petition for a rehearing of a ruling concerning stents. Medtronics states that they will seek U.S. Supreme Court Review on this patent dispute, awarding J & J $271 million in damages.
http://www.medtronic.com/newsroom/ne...rate.html#HTML

[This message was edited by Wise Young on 10-05-03 at 03:10 PM.]