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Re: [IP] Medtronic alleges patent infringement

sounds like medtronic/mini med has met their match and might feel slightly
threatened? hmmmm.

>       Published August 7, 2003
> Medtronic Inc. of Fridley has accused London-based Smiths Medical of
> infringing two U.S. patents for insulin pumps combined with blood-sugar
> monitors.
> Medtronic MiniMed Inc. claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in
> that Smiths and its St. Paul-based Deltec unit are selling pumps under the
> Cozmo brand that use Medtronic inventions patented in 1997 and this year.
> The lawsuit intensifies the companies' rivalry over the estimated $5
> annual market for diabetes-monitoring gear. Last month, Medtronic said it
> won FDA approval to sell "the world's first 'intelligent' insulin pump and
> glucose monitor system." In June, Deltec introduced "the first all-in-one
> smart insulin pump and blood-glucose monitoring system" for diabetes
> management, saying it expected FDA approval in early 2004.
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