Medtronic, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (“Axonics”) alleging infringement of patents related to Medtronic’s minimally invasive sacral neuromodulation lead placement procedure and implant recharging technologies. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, seeking injunctive relief and damages for infringement. The complaint can be viewed at https://www.medtronic.com/content/dam/medtronic-com/us-en/newsroom/media-resources/documents/Axonics_Lawsuit_11_04_2019.pdf
“Medtronic is the leader in minimally-invasive technology innovations in the field of sacral neuromodulation, making meaningful treatment options for people affected by bladder and bowel dysfunction,” said Brooke Story, vice president and general manager of the Pelvic Health and Gastric Therapies business, which is part of the Restorative Therapies Group at Medtronic. “Our many years of research and development in sacral neuromodulation, in partnership with physicians, has enabled us to create technology to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients. We’ve developed various aspects of sacral neuromodulation and related technologies for decades, including percutaneous implantable delivery techniques, recharging technologies, as well as microstimulators. Our intellectual property is a critical component in making such advancements possible.”
“Medtronic welcomes competitors and we believe competition drives innovation and broader market awareness, which is good for the industry and for patients,” said Story. “However, Medtronic is also committed to protecting our proprietary technology and intellectual property, which drives our ability to continue to innovate.”
Note: Medtronic is the first and leading provider of neuromodulation solutions for bladder and bowel control issues. Sacral neuromodulation therapy delivered by the InterStim system was first approved over twenty years ago and has helped more than 300,000 patients worldwide.