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April 12, 2014
19:50 EDTEW, MDTEdwards says court limits sale of Medtronic CoreValve system in U.S.
Edwards Lifesciences (EW) announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's (MDT) CoreValve system in the United States. The court ordered the injunction to go into effect in seven business days. The hearing related to a federal jury decision in 2010 that CoreValve willfully infringes Edwards' U.S. Andersen transcatheter aortic valve replacement patent. At the conclusion of the hearing, Chief Judge Gregory Sleet ordered Edwards and Medtronic to confer on what instances the CoreValve device could continue to be used in the treatment of U.S. patients at centers currently trained on CoreValve. There is a large body of evidence demonstrating the safety and performance of the Edwards SAPIEN valves, and the company remains committed to ensuring patients have appropriate access to transcatheter therapy. This case was initiated by Edwards in 2008. On April 1, 2010, a federal jury found Medtronic willfully infringed Edwards' U.S. Andersen patent and awarded damages. In Nov. 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the jury decision; in Oct. 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Medtronic's appeal. The patent involved in this suit is part of the Andersen family of patents. The U.S. Andersen patent was issued in 1995. A petition has been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to extend this patent into early 2016. In a separate case, a federal jury in January found that Medtronic CoreValve had willfully infringed Edwards' U.S. Cribier transcatheter heart valve patent, and awarded damages to Edwards in that trial.
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August 28, 2014
09:05 EDTMDTMedtronic receives clearance for Shilla Growth Guidance System
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August 27, 2014
11:41 EDTMDTMedtronic management to meet with Jefferies
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10:05 EDTMDTMedtronic announces first implants in AdaptResponse CRT clinical trial
Medtronic announced the first implants in a clinical trial that will compare patient and healthcare system outcomes in heart failure patients who have cardiac resynchronization therapy devices with the AdaptivCRT feature enabled versus patients receiving standard CRT. The AdaptResponse trial will assess the superiority of the AdaptivCRT algorithm, which preserves normal heart rhythms and automatically adjusts to patients' needs to customize therapy. It is expected to enroll approximately 3K patients worldwide. The primary endpoint of the AdaptResponse trial is a combination of all-cause mortality and the rate of medical intervention for worsening heart failure. The trial also will examine the incidence of atrial fibrillation in enrolled patients. Other secondary endpoints will assess patient quality of life measures as well as cost-effectiveness of CRT devices with the AdaptivCRT feature relative to standard CRT. Patients will receive a CRT-pacemaker or CRT-defibrillator equipped with the AdaptivCRT algorithm, and will be randomized 1:1 to either treatment or control groups. Patients will be followed at three and six months after randomization, and then every six months until trial closure.
05:40 EDTMDTMedtronic sees impact of NGC Medical acquisition neutral to FY15 earnings
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August 26, 2014
19:33 EDTMDTCovidien shareholder sues to block sale to Medtronic, Bloomberg reports
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05:54 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Sapiens SBS for $200M
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August 25, 2014
10:03 EDTMDTMedtronic announces FDA approval of Viva CRT-P for heart failure or AV block
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August 24, 2014
21:54 EDTEWPiper Jaffray to hold a bus tour
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August 21, 2014
08:29 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences price target raised to $120 from $97 at JMP Securities
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August 20, 2014
08:47 EDTMDTMedtronic valuation attractive, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Medtronic's (MDT) valuation is attractive given pipeline execution, margin growth and shareholder returns, and expectations for the Covidien (COV) deal to go through. Shares are Overweight rated
07:18 EDTMDTMedtronic shares have upside with or without deal, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sees limited downside risk and significant upside potential for shares of Medtronic (MDT), with or without the pending Covidien (COV) acquisition. Deutsche says the Q1 results show improving trends and it keeps a Buy rating on Medtronic with an $85 price target.
August 19, 2014
08:40 EDTMDTMedtronic sees FY15 gross margin of 74.5%-75%, with Q2 on lower end of range
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08:25 EDTMDTMedtronic: Negative factors in Spine segment in Q1 werre temporary
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08:22 EDTMDTMedtronic: We will continue to pay significant US taxes following Covidien deal
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS view of $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.04
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07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 92c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.27B, consensus $4.25B.
August 18, 2014
15:26 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTMDTMedtronic technical comments before earnings
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13:59 EDTMDTMedtronic August weekly 63.5 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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06:24 EDTMDTOptions expected to be active
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