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Medtronic (Minneapolis) has sued Boston Scientific (Natick, Massachusetts) and Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, Illinois), accusing the companies of infringing a patent for a stent used in the treatment of blood vessels.

According to media reports, Medtronic seeks unspecified damages and an order stopping the infringement, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas. The patent covers a stent where a therapeutic substance or drug can be applied.

The suit was filed a day after Boston Scientific sued Medtronic claiming it infringed 10 patents related to grafts used to repair aneurysms. In May, a federal jury told Boston Scientific to pay $250 million to Medtronic for infringing catheter patents. Boston Scientific is challenging the verdict.

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