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Appeals court reverses St. Jude Medical win over Access Closure

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 2:10pm
Mass Device

A federal appeals court partially overturns a lower court's ruling in favor of St. Jude Medical in a lawsuit against Access Closure over vascular closure patents.

A federal appeals court overturned a portion of a legal win for St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) yesterday, ruling that a lower court erred in invoking the "safe harbor" provision against double-patenting claims in a patent infringement lawsuit against Access Closure Inc.

Judge Harry Barnes of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas ruled in 2011 that Access Closure's Mynx vascular closure device infringed a trio of St. Jude patents, finding that the safe harbor provision protected St. Jude from Access Closure's double-patenting charge against STJ.

Barnes later awarded $27.1 million in damages for willful infringement to St. Jude, a ruling the appeals court did not address, according to court documents.

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