Bonutti Skeletal Innovations Sues Globus Medical

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Bonutti Skeletal Innovations, LLC brought a patent infringement suit against Globus Medical, Inc. in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on November 19, 2014.  The lawsuit alleges that several of Globus Medical’s spinal spacer products and related instruments infringe Bonutti Skeletal patents.

The asserted Bonutti Skeletal patents include U.S. Patent No. 6,099,531, entitled “Changing Relationships Between Bones,” which issued on August 8, 2000.  The patent discusses the use of a wedge member in a joint to alter the relative positioning of a patient’s bones.

Specifically, Bonutti Skeletal alleges that Globus Medical’s  CALIBER, CALIBER-L, COALITION, COLONIAL, CONTINENTAL, FORGE, FORTIFY, FORTIFY I PEEK, FORTIFY I-R, INDEPENDENCE, INTERCONTINENTAL, MONUMENT, NIKO, RISE, SIGNATURE, SUSTAIN ARCH, SUSTAIN LARGE, SUSTAIN MEDIUM, SUSTAIN-O, SUSTAIN SMALL, and TRANSCONTINENTAL spinal spacer products each infringe various Bonutti Skeletal patents.

According to the Complaint, Bonutti Skeletal has been built on the work of Dr. Peter M. Bonutti, an orthopedic surgeon that has performed over 20,000 orthopedic surgical procedures and been the inventor or co-inventor on over 150 U.S. patents.

Globus Medical’s website states that “Globus Medical, Inc. is a leading musculoskeletal implant manufacturer and is driving significant technological advancements across a complete suite of spinal products.”

The complaint and asserted patents are available here.

 

Mitch Hadley
Mitchell Hadley is an associate in our San Diego office. His practice involves all aspects of patent prosecution. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hadley attended law school at the Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. During law school he served as Lead Note and Comment Editor of the BYU law Review. In 2010, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Hadley joined the firm in 2014 after working as summer associate in the firm's San Diego office during the summer of 2013.
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