Abbott and Medtronic
put to rest IP quarrel

Abbott Will Receive $400 Million Settlement From Medtronic

July 27, 2009
by Joan Trombetti, Writer
Abbott has announced a settlement with Medtronic resolving all outstanding intellectual property litigation between the two parties. The terms of the settlement include a payment of $400 million to Abbott by Medtronic and a mutual agreement not to pursue additional litigation on current and future vascular products, subject to specific conditions and time limits.

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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