Conformis Announces Settlement of Patent Dispute with Smith & Nephew
Conformis to Receive $10.5 Million for Non-Exclusive License to Patient-Specific Instrument Patents for use with off-the-shelf knee implants
BILLERICA, Mass., Sept. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conformis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFMS), a medical technology company that uses its proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell joint replacement implants that fit each patient’s unique anatomy, announced today that it has entered into a settlement and license agreement with Smith & Nephew that resolves all patent disputes between Conformis and Smith & Nephew.
Pursuant to the agreement, Smith & Nephew is required to pay $10.5M to Conformis, and the parties have entered into a limited patent cross-license.
“We are very pleased to announce the complete settlement of the various patent proceedings we have with Smith & Nephew. Through this settlement, we have once again monetized our patient-specific instrument patents and steadfastly protected our core business of patient-specific implants,” stated Mark Augusti, Conformis’ President and Chief Executive Officer.
About Conformis, Inc.
Conformis is a medical technology company that uses its proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell joint replacement implants that are designed and manufactured to fit and conform to each patient’s unique anatomy. Conformis offers a broad line of patient conforming total and partial knee systems and a hip system that include sterilized single-use instruments delivered in a single package to the hospital. Conformis owns or exclusively in-licenses issued patents and pending patent applications that cover patient-specific implants and instrumentation for all major joints. In clinical studies, Conformis iTotal CR demonstrated superior clinical outcomes, including better function and greater patient satisfaction, compared to traditional, off-the-shelf implants.
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