Healthcare Industry News: kyphoplasty
News Release - April 17, 2006
Kyphon Responds to LawsuitSUNNYVALE, Calif., April 17 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Kyphon Inc. (Nasdaq: KYPH ), a leader in minimally invasive treatment of spinal fractures, today announced a lawsuit brought by Medtronic, Inc. and related corporate entities against Kyphon Inc. for allegedly infringing three angioplasty dilatation catheter patents and a more recent patent relating to accessing and distracting the intervertebral disc space. The suit also asks for a declaratory judgment that a Medtronic "osteotome" does not infringe five of Kyphon's many patents covering various aspects of kyphoplasty, the minimally invasive procedure for treating spinal fractures that Kyphon pioneered in the late 1990s. The complaint was filed on April 13, 2006 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
"From an initial review of the complaint, Kyphon strongly believes none of these claims has any merit," stated David Shaw, Kyphon's vice president, legal affairs and general counsel. "It seems obvious to us that our bone tamps are not balloon dilatation catheters, which are typically used in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. We also believe there is no basis on which to seek a declaratory judgment, since we have not directly or indirectly threatened Medtronic with any of our own patents. We will vigorously defend these allegations and challenge Medtronic's inappropriate attempt to usurp our own ability to choose whether, and if so, when and how, to assert our own rights," Shaw concluded.
In November 2005, Dr. Harvinder Sandhu and Kyphon filed suit against Medtronic Sofamor Danek and several other related corporate entities in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee seeking compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief for breach of contract and related covenants, trade secret theft, fraud and correction of inventorship of several patents and patent applications presently owned by Sofamor Danek, including U.S. Patent No. 6,676,665. A trial date has been set in that case for April 16, 2007.
About Kyphon Inc.
Kyphon develops and markets medical devices designed to restore spinal function using minimally invasive technologies. The company's KyphX line of products are used in balloon kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure to treat spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis or cancer. For more information, visit Kyphon's Web site at http://www.kyphon.com.
NOTE: Kyphon and KyphX are registered trademarks of Kyphon Inc.
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