Edwards, Abbott Spar Over Valve Repair Patents
A Delaware court sided with Abbott over Edwards in a pretrial hearing on terminology to be used in a patent dispute concerning transcatheter mitral valve repair device technology.
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The US Patent Office has rejected a request by Edwards Lifesciences to review an Abbott patent on heart-valve technology, which could establish the patent as a key part of Abbott Laboratories’ arguments in a larger ongoing intellectual property case.
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