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Synthes (Zurich, Switzerland) reported that it has won an ongoing patent case against Medtronic (Minneapolis). The med-tech giant is slated to pay Synthes $21 million for patent infringement

The case started two years ago concerning a patent covering covering Synthes' ProDisc-L artificial disc replacement device. Synthes had filed suit against Medtronic in 2007 as it believed the U.S. group's Maverick products infringed its artificial disc patent. Previously a jury ruled in November 2008 that Medtronic had violated Synthes' patent and a U.S. court denied on August 19 Medtronic's motion for a new trial.

Medtronic is appealing these rulings to the U.S. Court of appeals, Synthes said in a statement.