KCI Notches Partial Victory Against Smith & Nephew In German Patent Suit
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Kinetic Concepts Inc. continued its string of patent victories against negative pressure wound therapy competitor Smith & Nephew in Germany last week, but the decision was more mixed than other recent rulings
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