Dr. Oz Can Testify In Medtronic's Heart Valve Patent Suit

By David McAfee (November 8, 2013, 9:23 PM EST) -- A Minnesota federal judge on Friday granted Edwards Lifesciences Corp.'s motion for leave to depose television doctor Mehmet Oz in Medtronic Inc.'s suit over prosthetic heart valve patents, finding that Edwards had good cause to take his deposition after the fact-discovery cutoff.

Minneapolis-based Medtronic and cardiac device maker 3F Therapeutics Inc. hit Edwards with the lawsuit in 2011, alleging infringement of four patents issued between 1999 and 2011 for two valve product lines and two other surgery devices. In June, Edwards took the deposition of Keith Johnson, the first named inventor of one of the patents, who testified that Oz played...

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