Patent Board Rejects Edwards’ Heart Valve Claim-Review Request
The US Patent Office has rejected a request by Edwards Lifesciences to review an Abbott patent on heart-valve technology, which could establish the patent as a key part of Abbott Laboratories’ arguments in a larger ongoing intellectual property case.
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