$12M Verdict Against DePuy Synthes for Spinal-Fusion Patent Infringement

On December 9, 2022, a Delaware federal jury found infringement by DePuy Synthes and awarded $12 million to RSB Spine. RSB Spine filed a lawsuit in 2019 in the US District Court for the District of Delaware for patent infringement based on DePuy’s manufacture and sale of various low-profile interbody plate spacer devices. Ultimately, the jury found an infringement based on the doctrine of equivalents, affirmed the validity of the patent in suit, and awarded RSB Spine the full $12 million it requested.

About RSB Spine LLC

RSB Spine, LLC, was formed in 2001 as R&B Surgical Solutions by John A. Redmond and Robert S. Bray, JR, M.D. to develop and market spinal implant concepts from Dr. Bray and other innovative spine surgeons.The Company, headquartered in Cleveland, OH, initially developed a line of surgical instruments similar to Redmond’s previous company (Redmond Neurotechnologies Corp), which was acquired by Neurocare in 1997.

In August 2006 RSB Spine received FDA approval for its newest product, the InterPlate™, as a vertebral body replacement. The InterPlate is a platform technology for performing fusions in the lumbar and cervical spine. The implants, made from both titanium and PEEK, offer surgeons a very unique and different option compared with plates and interbody devices. In 2007, the FDA reclassified the interbody fusion devices, and the InterPlate was the first system to be cleared under the new guidelines.

RSB Spine’s products are exclusively distributed by Paradigm BioDevices in the United States.https://www.paradigmbiodevices.com

About DePuy Synthes

DePuy Synthes, The Orthopaedics Company of Johnson & Johnson, provides one of the most comprehensive orthopaedics portfolios in the world that helps heal and restore movement for the millions of patients we serve. DePuy Synthes solutions, in specialties including joint reconstruction, trauma, extremities, craniomaxillofacial, spinal surgery and sports medicine, in addition to the VELYS Digital Surgery portfolio, are designed to advance patient care while delivering clinical and economic value to health care systems worldwide. 

Building on our proud product innovation and legacy of industry firsts, we are reimagining the orthopaedic landscape with new advancements in medical technologies and digital surgery across the entire continuum of care to Keep People Moving today and tomorrow.  For more information, visit www.depuysynthes.com.

About Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies

At Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, we are helping people live their best lives. Building on more than a century of expertise, we tackle pressing healthcare challenges, and take bold steps that lead to new standards of care while improving people’s healthcare experiences. In surgery, orthopaedics, vision and interventional solutions, we are helping to save lives and paving the way to a healthier future for everyone, everywhere.

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