The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that the Pivot system offered by Globus Medical infringes two patents owned by Medtronic.

The decision validates a jury’s previous finding in October 2008 that the claims of specific Medtronic CD Horizon Sextant patents are valid and were infringed by Globus Medical.

The patents are related to the CD Horizon Sextant System, a surgical instrumentation system that offers a minimally invasive method of placing implants that provide stabilization during spinal fusion surgery.

Medtronic‘s Spine business vice president and general manager Doug King said they are pleased by the Court’s ruling.

"The decision validates the solid patents we have protecting our minimally invasive portfolio and we remain committed to vigorously defending important intellectual property brought to us through inventing surgeons," King said.