Arnold & Porter LLP Obtains Appellate Victory in Catheter Patent Case

April 21, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lifted a trial court’s preliminary injunction in a patent infringement suit that had prevented Arnold & Porter’s client Boston Scientific Corporation from selling its popular Guidezilla catheter since January 2014.  The Court’s ruling came just one week after oral argument before a three judge panel.

In its argument, the firm’s legal team reminded the Court that Boston Scientific had a valid patent nearly ten years before the plaintiff and that Boston Scientific would be shown at trial to be the true innovator in this field.

The panel ultimately concluded that “[T]here are too many unresolved issues at this stage of the case and the record is too incomplete on issues of claim construction, infringement, and ultimate validity to warrant the grant of a preliminary injunction.”

The Arnold & Porter legal team was led by Matthew Wolf, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. The team also included Edward Han, John Nilsson and Seth Heller.

This case is Vascular Solutions Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp., No. 14-1185, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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