On October 15, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), in St. Jude Medical, LLC v. Snyders Heart Valve LLC, affirmed an inter partes review (IPR) decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board) rejecting St. Jude Medical, LLC’s (St. Jude) contention that Snyders Heart Valve LLC’s (Snyders) artificial heart valve patent was invalid. The CAFC also reviewed a second IPR decision, wherein it reversed the Board’s decision that certain claims of the patent were invalid and affirmed the Board’s decision that the remaining claims were valid.

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