Medtronic Wants to Settle TAVR Patent Beef With Doc Inventor

Published: May 17, 2017

Medtronic is looking to settle a patent infringement dispute over transcatheter aortic valve replacements with a doctor who sued the company and cross-town rival St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ), which last week lost its bid to have the case dismissed.

Dr. Robert Snyder, founder of Snyders Heart Valve, filed suits last year in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas claiming that both companies used technologies covered by his patents for an artificial heart valve and delivery system called the Funnel valve, according to court documents. The lawsuits, which were later consolidated, allege that St. Jude’s Portico valve and Medtronic CoreValve and CoreValve Evolut implants infringe a pair of his patents.

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