Covidien has reported that a German court has awarded the company preliminary injunctions against J ZH FA Panther Healthcare Medical Equipment, WuXi Shenkang Medical Instrument Equipment and three other medical device companies that are accused of copying the design of Covidien's surgical stapling products and infringing a Covidien patent.

Reportedly, in parallel procedures, German customs authorities have also seized accused infringing surgical stapling products from each of the five companies.

Covidien EMEA Surgical Devices president Scott Herring said they are pleased that the German court and customs authorities have found that certain stapling products from these five companies should be removed from the German marketplace because of infringement of Covidien’s patent and they will continue to protect innovations and intellectual property.

Covidien manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of product lines in Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies that creates medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence.