Covidien Wants the Supreme Court To Hear Appeal In $177 Million Patent Fight With Ethicon

Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) Covidien subsidiary wants the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal in a patent infringement case against Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit over surgical shears.

In December 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a decision granting a $177 million award to Covidien in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, where Judge Janet Bond Arterton had ruled that Ethicon Endo-Surgery infringed surgical shears patents held by Covidien’s corporate predecessors, Tyco Healthcare and U.S. Surgical Corp.

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