Medtronic Must Pay After Lawsuit Found Frivolous

Medtronic in 1998 sued BrainLAB, a developer of image-guided therapies, for patent infringement. Ten years later, a federal court has ruled that instead of the defendant paying Medtronic, the reverse should happen, reports The U.S.

October 6, 2008

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Medtronic Must Pay After Lawsuit Found Frivolous

District Court for the District of Columbia said Medtronic should pay BrainLAB $4.38 million as reimbursement for attorney fees, costs, and expenses.A federal court in Denver found in 2006 that BrainLAB's products did not infringe on Medtronic patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the decision in 2007. In February, a district court found that Medtronic was liable for BrainLAB's expenses. The latest ruling sets a pricetag. Medtronic is allowed to appeal the verdict.BrainLAB's attorneys said the decision was made because Medtronic's litigation was "meritless" and nothing more than an attempt to force a competitor to capitulate. Medtronic has not yet issued a response.

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