Medtronic Stole Heart Surgery Device IP, Patent Holder Says

Law360, New York (January 3, 2013, 5:17 PM EST) -- A Medtronic Inc. stabilization device used in heart surgery infringes a patent that was shared with Medtronic prior to the dissolution of a business deal between the medical device giant and the patent's developer, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Florida federal court.

Alisanos LLC alleges that Medtronic's Octopus Evolution AS device co-opts a patented system for stabilizing the heart during coronary bypass surgery, saying that the company introduced its product after learning the details of the patent-in-suit through an aborted funding deal between Medtronic...
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