Radiologist Dr. Bruce Saffran of New Jersey just won $482 million in a
patent infringement lawsuit against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson.
In 2008 Saffran won $501 million in a suit against Boston Scientific Corp.
over the same device, and he has an upcoming case over the same device
against Abbott Laboratories.
Saffran held a patent on a device used in heart stents, and he contends
Johnson & Johnson’s Cypher stents infringed that patent. Saffran
has been embroiled in patent infringement activity since 2003. The J&J
Cypher stent dominated the stent market at one point, but sales have dropped
in the last year. J&J, Abbot Laboratories, and Boston Scientific are
the market leaders in the stent industry.
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