Part Of Synthes’ Bone Plate Patent Invalid: Judge

Law360, New York (February 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Smith & Nephew Inc. has invalidated three claims of Synthes USA’s bone plating system patent, but the orthopedic device maker was not so successful in challenging a dozen other claims.

Judge J. Curtis Joyner found on Feb. 4 that Synthes’ reference to “less than about 2%” in three of its patent claims was indefinite but upheld its construction of the term “bone contact area.”

The dispute dates back to January 2003, when Synthes sued Memphis, Tenn.-based Smith & Nephew in the U.S. District Court for the...
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