On 27 June, Medtronic announced that a judge in the Eastern District Court of Virginia ruled in Medtronic’s favor in a patent case brought by WL Gore & Associates.
The patent in question involved a method of making stent grafts to treat aortic aneurysms. The judge determined that Medtronic’s stent grafts did not infringe Gore’s US Patent No. 5,810,870.
“We are pleased with the court’s decision,” said Tony Semedo, vice president and general manager for the Endovascular Therapies at Medtronic, “which enables us to continue our focus on advancing the standard of care for the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms. In that context, respect for intellectual property remains a core principle that we continuously and vigorously defend. ”