This isn't the Fight of the Century, neither would one consider it the Rumble in the Jungle, one wouldn't even classify it as the Thrilla in Manilla. This lawsuit is a heavyweight going after a middle weight in a sanctioned bout reserved for a San Diego federal jury. The heavyweight is Medtronic and the middle weight is NuVasive . Could this be a Muhammed Ali/Chuck Wepner bout? The Bear is originally from NJ even though TSB highly doubts that he had Bayonne roots.
Warsaw Orthopedics, Inc., a unit of Medtronic has accused LaJolla based NuVasive of infringing three patents for implants that are capable of being inserted translaterally, a plate and screw system that can be used to stabilize vertebrae, I believe the attorneys meant "fuse" in the cervical spine, and a tissue retractor. Medtronic's attorney orated in his opening statement to the jury, that Medtronic's damages are substantial and that a financial expert will present one option for calculating lost profits at $200 million (ouch), and another that is estimated much higher. NuVasive on the other hand, contends that Medtronic infringed on its patent for a nerve monitoring system for lateral surgery. NuVa's attorney is quite eloquent in his defense of NuVa when he told the jury, "Nuvasive didn't copy nothin'."
It will be interesting to see how this bout develops, could a local jury affect the final outcome with some home cooking? Boxing fans know that scoring points is quite subjective with jabs and body shots, unless one delivers a knockout punch, or a lethal kidney punch. But what happens to NuVa if they lose this fight? And, how many more fights can they lose before the can't get off the mat? TSB wants to know whether our readers are rooting for the boys in the Blue Trunks, or the Purple Tights? TSB is taking even odds that the judges will score a homegrown decision, gotta love our industry, Rome burns while the attorneys make all the money. No wonder we can't get anything done. You know what they say, "sooner or later love is gonna getcha, TSB wants to know what our readers think?