The Regents of the University of California vs. Boston Scientific Corp.

On May 30, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a decision in a pending patent infringement action regarding a complaint filed by The Regents of the University of California (“Plaintiff”) against Boston Scientific Corporation (“Defendant”). In the complaint, the Plaintiff is asserting that the Defendant is contributorily infringing and actively inducing infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,164,283 (“the ‘283 Patent”) and 6,502,576 (“the ‘576 Patent”).  The ‘283 Patent and the ‘576 Patent, which are owned by the Plaintiff, are drawn to a device and method for forming a circumferential block in a pulmonary vein.  In the decision, the Court denied a Motion to Dismiss filed by the Defendant asserting that the complaint failed to state a claim.  In particular, in the decision, the Court denied the Motion because the Plaintiff had sufficiently alleged both claims to contributory and induced infringement.  The infringement action remains pending and is captioned 4:16-cv-06266.

By:  Jacqueline A. DiRamio

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