Court Rules For Wright In Knee Implant Patent Suit

Law360, New York (November 25, 2009, 4:29 PM EST) -- A federal judge has granted Wright Medical Technology Inc. summary judgment of noninfringement in a long-running patent dispute with rival orthopedic implant maker Howmedica Osteonics Corp. over knee implants, calling Howmedica's patent invalid.

Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey granted Wright's motion for summary judgment Tuesday, ruling that Howmedica's patent is invalid in light of a prior-art patent issued to Dr. Anne Hollister.

Howmedica originally filed the case in 2000, asserting that certain of Wright’s prosthetic...
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