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May 21st, 2014

Medtronic and Edwards Lifesciences Resolve Patent Disputes

After years of protracted and often bitter litigation in the U.S. and abroad, Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic today announced a broad resolution to all their patent disputes over transcatheter heart valves. Medtronic will pay more than a billion dollars over the course of the agreement, which lasts until April 2022. Edwards will first receive a one-time payment of $750 million, followed […]


April 15th, 2014

CoreValve Availability In U.S. Threatened By Court Decision

A legal injunction may severely limit the availability in the United States of Medtronic’s CoreValve device, which only received FDA approval earlier this year. The device received abundant praise recently when a large clinical trial demonstrated substantial advantages for CoreValve over traditional open-heart surgery. The injunction is the latest episode in an ongoing patent war in which Edwards Lifesciences, which pioneered the […]


July 12th, 2013

Medtronic Faces Removal of CoreValve Transcatheter Heart Valve from German Market

In the wake of a major patent decision, Medtronic will be forced to remove its CoreValve transcatheter heart valve from the German market. Edwards Lifesciences said today that a German Court had found that Medtronic infringed a key patent, known as the Spenser patent, and granted an injunction prohibiting the sale of CoreValve and CoreValve Evolut systems in Germany. Medtronic said it would appeal the […]