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Patent attorneys suggest lawsuits from firms that buy up device patents purely to pursue litigation, which appears to have occurred recently with Medtronic’s kyphoplasty patents, may become a more common occurrence.
Despite the dire headlines, VCs are still investing in medtech start-ups, although the deals are becoming fewer and later stage. Start-ups looking for funding have to be more creative and look beyond traditional sources of funding, according to a discussion by six European venture capitalists speaking at the IN3 meeting in Dublin in April 2013.
Recently incorporated Orthophoenix, which shares the same Dallas address as IPNav, a company that provides “full-service patent monetization,” is suing six device firms for infringement of the Medtronic kyphoplasty patents it recently acquired.