St. Jude Medical Inc.- Potential Patent Infringement

St. Jude Medical Inc.- Potential Patent Infringement

By: Kristen Dombroski

On October 26, 2016, the Regents of the University of California filed a lawsuit against St. Jude Medical Inc., alleging that St. Jude Medical Inc. copied patent products and technology. University of California’s Complaint alleges patent infringement on medical devices and methods for forming a circumferential conduction block in a pulmonary vein, and ablation catheter assembly with virtual electrode comprising portholes. Specifically, the Complaint references patents 6,164,283, 5,502,576, 6,012,457, and 6,984,232, technology which is used for treating individuals with the severe heart condition atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation consists of rapid, irregular heart rates, and can lead to shortness of breath and heart palpitations. It may also lead to blood clots around the heart or other organs.

The Regents of the University of California is represented by Mark T. Jansen, Esq., of Crowell and Moring LLP. Crowell and Moring LLP is an international law firm, with a variety of specialties and focus, including Intellectual Property litigation. Jansen is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.

St. Jude Medical Inc. is a global, medical device company. It has 21 facilities worldwide, with headquarters located in St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Jude Medical Inc. treats patients with heart failure and heart disease. Attorneys for the St. Jude Medical Inc. have not yet been named.

Northern Californian judge Laurel Beeler has been assigned to hear the case. Judge Beeler is familiar with intellectual property lawsuits, as she has experience settling hundreds of intellectual property, civil rights, employment, and business disputes. Her expertise includes working as a national judicial liaison to the U.S. Office of Defender Services Joint Electronic Technology Working Group.

For additional information, and to stay current on the lawsuit, reference The Regents of the University of California v. St. Jude Medical, Inc., case number 3:15-cv-06210.