Medtech Inventor Claims Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Lawyer Tricked Him Into Divulging Trade Secrets

Published: Jul 09, 2013

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Retired Pennsylvania surgeon and inventor Dr. Enrico Nicolo claims Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Endo-Surgery division has a history of stealing his ideas, most recently through an attorney who gained his trust by concealing his ties to the medtech titan. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and its Ethicon Endo-Surgery subsidiary moved to dismiss a trade-secrets-theft case brought by retired Pennsylvania surgeon Dr. Enrico Nicolo, who claimed that Ethicon has, for years, committed acts of patent infringement against him. In his most recent complaint, Nicolo claims that an Ethicon legal representative carried out a "ruse" to trick Nicolo into divulging confidential information for Ethicon's benefit, possibly at Ethicon's request.

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