Hospital Can't Use Immunity To Avoid Talking In Patent Suit

Law360, Dallas (September 28, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday held The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center can't claim governmental immunity to escape testifying in a patent royalty suit brought by the inventor of a technology the hospital licensed to Medtronic Inc.

The court said because the inventor’s request for a presuit deposition under Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure seeks to investigate potential claims against Medtronic as well as the hospital, hospital executives can’t claim immunity to get out of testifying.

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