Michelson Patents

MMRF | Michelson Patents Directory

The goal of the Michelson Patents directory is to allow free and easy access to the portfolio of patents created by Dr. Gary K. Michelson.

Michelson is most known for the $1.35 billion settlement he received from medical device maker, Medtronic (Sofamor Danek), in 2005. He spent years in litigation over his patents before the settlement was reached.

The dispute grew out of disagreements over obligations under contracts in the early 1990’s covering the licensing and sale of Dr. Michelson’s inventions to Sofamor Danek, a company in Memphis.

Dr. Gary K. Michelson developed procedures that could provide pain relief to patients with relatively non-invasive surgery. The inventions included surgical technologies as well as techniques for spinal regeneration.

The products at the center of the dispute were invented by Michelson to simplify basic spinal surgery, in which a damaged disk is removed and the adjacent vertebrae are fused together.

The devices help patients recover more quickly and spend less time in the hospital.

Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D. has seen the good, the bad and the ugly in the US patent system up close and personal in his career as an inventor and through lengthy and complex litigations which arose licensing them to business partners. Michelson wants to see the US patent system improve for the benefit of all independent inventors, the American economy and to promote job growth.

Dr. Gary K. Michelson was an instrumental part of developing and implementing key aspects if the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. This law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952. It was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011.

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