Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson, who revolutionized spinal fusion surgery with the invention of spinal fusion implant technology, and his company, obtained a jury trial verdict against Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. in litigation involving contract claims and patent rights. In a three-month long jury trial, Dr. Michelson’s legal team secured a total verdict valued at $570 million, including $400 million in punitive damages. Thereafter, Medtronic Sofamor Danek settled the lawsuit and purchased a portfolio of Dr. Michelson’s inventions for a total payment of $1.35 billion. The JMBM litigation team was headed by partner Stanley M. Gibson. The Los Angeles Times said that the transaction is believed to be one of the largest involving an intellectual property dispute ever.