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Exploring the patent infringement suit against Medtronic

Exploring the patent infringement suit against Medtronic
June 28, 2017

The 3-year patent infringement suit against Medtronic Inc. has likely come to its end resulting in a $23.5 million damage award against the medical technology development company. The suit, filed by Mark A. Barry, MD, in early 2014 alleged that the CD Horizon Legacy spine surgery system infringed the claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,670,358, 7,776,072 and 8,361,121. The patents are related and directed to systems and methods for ameliorating spinal column abnormalities, particularly scoliosis.

The specifications of the three patents show a pedicle screw cluster derotation (ie, manipulation) tool coupled to the pedicles of the vertebrae via pedicle screws. The patents disclose that the derotation tool is designed to “simultaneously and safely derotate multiple vertebrae of an affected spinal segment (as well as likewise apply balancing forces to other group(s) of vertebrae which are lateral to the affected segment(s)).”

FDA grants K2M 510(k) clearance for 3-D-printed corpectomy cage

June 28, 2017
K2M Group Holdings Inc. has announced it received FDA 510(k) clearance for the CAPRI Small 3D Static Corpectomy Cage System, which is first-to-market and the first…
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Higher risk for infection associated with previous non-arthroplasty related shoulder surgery

June 28, 2017
Patients who underwent primary shoulder arthroplasty experienced a significantly higher risk infection if they had previously undergone nonarthroplasty-related surgery…

Biosimilar to Enbrel approved in Europe

June 27, 2017
Erelzi, a biosimilar to Enbrel, has been approved by the European Commission for all indications of the reference product, according to a company press release…

DePuy Synthes acquires Sentio

June 27, 2017
DePuy Synthes Products Inc. announced it has acquired Innovative Surgical Solutions LLC, doing business as Sentio LLC. Sentio markets nerve localization technology for…
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Posterior Percutaneous Endoscopic Cervical Foraminotomy and Diskectomy With Unilateral Biportal Endoscopy

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Online Advanced Release, June 6, 2017
This report describes a new, minimally invasive procedure, posterior percutaneous endoscopic cervical diskectomy…
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The Hip-Spine Connection: Understanding Its Importance in the Treatment of Hip Pathology. January 2015

The Hip-Spine Connection: Understanding Its Importance in the Treatment of Hip Pathology
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