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Inamed v. Ethicon Endo-Surgery

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Trial date for Inamed's royalty dispute with Dr. Lubomyr Kuzmak and Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon Endo-Surgery, regarding patents related to Inamed's LapBand gastric band obesity device,will be set by September. The trial will probably begin by the end of the year, according to Inamed. On June 18, a Los Angeles federal court ruled that a January 2000 settlement, establishing a licensing agreement between Inamed and Kuzmak, was unenforceable. While the original patent suit will move forward, Inamed hopes the settlement can be restored following an appeal of the June 18 decision...
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