Alphatec Spine pays Biomet/Cross Medical $18M to Settle Licensing Dispute
CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan 5, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Alphatec Holdings, Inc. ATEC +0.58% , the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions related to the aging spine, today announced that it has reached a global settlement agreement of two pending lawsuits. In the first lawsuit, Cross Medical Products, Inc. (a subsidiary of Biomet, Inc.) claimed that Alphatec Spine had breached the April 23, 2003 license agreement with Cross Medical by failing to make certain royalty payments. In the second lawsuit, Alphatec Spine claimed that a subsidiary of Biomet, Inc. EBI, LLC, infringed a patent owned by Alphatec Spine.
Under the terms of the settlement, all parties obtained a release of all claims that were the subject of the disputes. No party has admitted liability in connection with the settlement. The settlement also includes an amendment to the April 23, 2003 License Agreement.
“While we continue to believe in the strength of our position in this dispute, we felt it served the best interests of our stockholders to proactively settle the matter to eliminate ongoing legal costs resulting from the litigation and remove any uncertainty that is inherent in the litigation process,” said Dirk Kuyper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alphatec Spine. “This settlement provides certainty and will allow us to more fully focus our time and resources on executing our 2012 business plan.”
As part of the settlement, Alphatec Spine will pay Cross Medical an initial payment of $5 million dollars. In addition to the initial payment, Alphatec Spine shall make thirteen payments of $1 million, with the payments made quarterly, and the first payment being due on August 1, 2012, and each subsequent payment due three months thereafter until the final payment, which is due August 1, 2015, is made. The total cash impact of $18 million will be dispersed in the following amounts: $7 million in 2012, $4 million in 2013, $4 million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015. In addition, pursuant to the settlement, the parties have exchanged covenants not to sue for patent infringement with respect to products that each respective company had on the market as of December 30, 2011.
Alphatec Spine will host a conference call on January 6, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the settlement. To participate in the conference call, please visit the investor relations section of the Alphatec Spine website at www.alphatecspine.com . The dial-in numbers are (877) 556-5251 for domestic callers and (720) 545-0036 for international. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations section of the Alphatec Spine website at www.alphatecspine.com . The webcast will be recorded and will remain available on the investor relations section of Alphatec Spine’s website for at least 30 days.
About Alphatec Spine
Alphatec Spine, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. ATEC +0.58% . Alphatec Spine is a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, primarily focused on the aging spine. The Company’s mission is to combine world-class customer service with innovative, surgeon-driven design that will help improve the aging patient’s quality of life. The Company is poised to achieve its goal through new solutions for patients with osteoporosis, stenosis and other aging spine deformities, improved minimally invasive products and techniques and integrated biologics solutions. In addition to its U.S. operations, the Company also markets its products in over 50 international markets through its affiliate, Scient’x S.A.S., via a direct salesforce in France, Italy and the United Kingdom and via independent distributors in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, South America and Latin America. In Asia and Australia, the Company markets its products through its subsidiary, Alphatec Pacific, Inc., and through Scient’x’s distributors in China, Korea and Australia.