July 2013

W.L. Gore Wins Medical Device Patent Infringement Suit

United States - Minnesota

W.L. Gore obtained a significant summary judgment victory in a major medical device patent infringement lawsuit brought by AGA Medical Corporation (AGA). Faegre Baker Daniels represented Gore. 

AGA sued Gore in August 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleging that the Gore® Helex® product, a device for treating structural heart defects, infringed some claims of a patent held by AGA. Judge Joan Ericksen of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled in Gore's favor on July 23, 2013, granting Gore's motion for summary judgment that the Gore® Helex® Septal Occluder does not infringe the asserted claims of AGA's patent. On June 9, 2014, a federal appeals court upheld the win for W. L. Gore & Associates.

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