Edwards wins U.K. heart valve patent suit against Cook

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The United Kingdom High Court of Justice has determined that Cook's U.K. transcatheter valve patent is invalid and not infringed by the Edwards Lifesciences' Sapien transcatheter valve.

"We are gratified that the U.K. court has found Cook's patent invalid," said Larry L. Wood, Edwards' corporate vice president of transcatheter valve replacement.

The Irvine, Calif.-based Edwards said it has a separate lawsuit claiming invalidity of Cook's German transcatheter valve patent, which is expected to be heard in Munich in 2010.