Medtronic Inc., the biggest maker of heart-rhythm devices, was awarded $57 million in a patent-infringement trial against AGA Medical. At issue were the medical devices that treat holes caused by congenital heart defects. A federal jury in San Francisco found that some of AGA Medical’s products infringed Minneapolis-based Medtronic’s patents. AGA will have to pay $57 million, plus a royalty of 11% of future U.S. sales. A second phase will be held to determine how much AGA Medical will have to pay.
The verdict was about half of what Medtronic had originally sought in its suit. The inventions relate to ways that doctors locate and expand devices to repair holes in the heart, treat aortic aneurysms or treat damaged heart valves. Medtronic also has a pending lawsuit against W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. over the very same patents. The trial in that case was scheduled to begin on August 31st.
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