Medtronic Minimed Sues Insulet Corporation

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Medtronic Minimed (plaintiff) launched a suit against Insulet Corporation (defendant) for patent infringement in the U.S District Court of Central California (case no. 2:12-cv-08048).

The plaintiffs involved in this suit are Medtronic Minimed Inc. (Medtronic Minimed), Medtronic Puerto Rico Operations Co. (MPROC) and Minimed Distribution Corp. (Minimed Distribution).

Medtronic develops medical device technology and therapies to treat chronic diseases worldwide. It also designs and distributes portable insulin delivery systems for the use of individuals with diabetes. Insulet manufactures portable insulin delivery systems.

The patents involved in this suit, assigned to Medtronic are listed below:

Patent No.

Current Assignee (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database[i])

Issue Date

Expiry Date[ii]




Medtronic Minimed Inc. (as per the face page)

Sept 19, 2006

June 16, 2019

External Infusion Device With Remote

Programming, Bolus Estimator And/Or Vibration Alarm Capabilities




Medtronic Minimed Inc.

Apr 22, 2003

June 16, 2019

External Infusion Device With Remote

Programming Bolus Estimator And/Or Vibration Alarm Capabilities



According to the complaint, the defendant’s product, OmniPod Insulin Management System (OmniPod) infringes the above patents. It is a diabetes insulin pump that holds and delivers insulin, wirelessly programmed to calculate suggested doses, and has a convenient, built-in blood glucose meter.


Medtronic says that Insulet is aware of the patents-in-suit since 2007 as a letter was sent advising them of the patents.

The plaintiff in the past had filed more than 29 suits in which 2 of them are pending. If you would like to know more about the cases, please contact us.

For more details, visit MaxVal-IP and subscribe to our Litigation alerts.

[i] Patent Assignment Alerts are automated email alerts sent to you when assignments relating to target applications/patents/entities of interest are recorded.

[ii] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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