Cordis wins heart stent patent appeal

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Cordis of Miami Lakes, FL, has won an appeal in its patent battle with Medtronic and Boston Scientific over who owns heart stent patents, Reuters reported.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in Cordis' favor. Cordis accused Medtronic of Minneapolis and Boston Scientific of Natick, MA, of infringing patents on stents to treat heart disease in 2000.

Cordis said it intends to ask the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to reinstate the damages set in 2005 of $271 million against Medtronic and $324 million against Boston Scientific, plus interest.

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