DePuy Spine wins $180 million from Medtronic in Vertex case

June 30, 2009 by MassDevice staff

Raynham orthopedics maker wins patent infringement suit against the Minneapolis devices giant over spine screws.

DePuy Spine Inc. will get a hefty check from Medtronic Inc. after a federal court judgment for $179 million in a patent infringement lawsuit.

The Raynham orthopedics maker, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, and Biedermann Motech GmbH sued Medtronic in 2001, accusing it of violating a spinal surgery screw patent DePuy licensed from Biedermann with its now-discontinued Vertex line of multiaxial screws (Medtronic markets the Vertex Select system these days).

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court slashed the $226.3 million penalty a jury had awarded to DePuy Spine.

The stipulated final judgment by the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts calls for the Minneapolis devices giant to pony up nearly $158 million in lost profit damages, pre-judgment interest of about $13 million and $8.5 million in post-judgment interest by the end of the month.

DePuy Spine owes Medtronic roughly $338,000 for overpayment of royalties.