Supreme Court rules in favor of medical device maker in pacemaker case

01/22/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – The Supreme Court ruled in favor of medical device maker Medtronic Inc. on Wednesday in a case involving a dispute over pacemaker patents. As reported by Reuters, the ruling this week will send the case back to lower courts for further proceedings.

Mirowski Family Ventures LLC, a privately owned company, claimed in a lawsuit that Medtronic infringed on its patents with the development of certain pacemakers. Medtronic had requested that a judge rule that they do not. The Mirowski patented technology was licensed to Boston Scientific and Guidant Corp, which is part of Boston Scientific and Abbott Laboratories.

The Supreme Court decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, is quoted as reading in part, “We hold that, when a licensee seeks a declaratory judgment against a patentee (patent holder) to establish that there is no infringement, the burden of proving infringement remains with the patentee.”

Arthur Neustadt, an attorney with Oblon Spivak LLP, who argued for Mirowski at the Supreme Court, is quoted as stating of the case, “The burden of proof issue wasn’t one of the more significant issues… Now it goes back to Federal Circuit for other issues to be considered.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Washington Legal News

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