Court confirms Globus device infringes Medtronic patents


Medtronic announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that the Pivot system offered by Globus Medical infringes two patents owned by Medtronic.

“We are pleased by the Court’s ruling,” said Doug King, vice president and general manager of Medtronic’s Spine business. “The decision validates the solid patents we have protecting our minimally invasive portfolio and we remain committed to vigorously defending important intellectual property brought to us through inventing surgeons.”


The decision validates a jury’s previous finding in October 2008 that claims Medtronic patents, CD Horizon and Sextant, are valid and were infringed by Globus Medical.


CD Horizon and Sextant is a surgical instrumentation system that offers a minimally invasive method of placing implants that provide stabilisation during spinal fusion surgery.