Fed. Circ. Finds Prosthetics Patent Invalid

Law360, New York (December 7, 2011, 6:31 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that a patent for liners used in prosthetics, asserted by Ohio Willow Wood Co. against Thermo-Ply Inc., is invalid for obviousness.

In a one-sentence per curium order, the appeals court affirmed a 2009 decision by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark that Ohio Willow Wood's patent was obvious in view of the prior art. The Federal Circuit heard oral arguments Monday.

Richard E. Fee of Fee & Jeffries PA, an attorney for Thermo-Ply, said the company was pleased that the patent's invalidity...
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