Fed. Circ. Finds Respironics' Apnea Patents Invalid

Law360, New York (July 8, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled that two Respironics Inc. patents for sleep apnea treatments were invalid as anticipated by prior art, reversing a lower court and handing a victory to accused infringer Invacare Corp.

Overturning a Pennsylvania federal court's decision, the appeals court held that Invacare had demonstrated that Respironics' patents were anticipated by a 1987 article penned by respiratory therapy specialist Magdy Younes.

On remand from an earlier appeal, the district court had concluded Invacare had not shown that the article disclosed all the...
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