Synthes' Spinal Implant Patent Invalid, Fed. Circ. Affirms

Law360, San Francisco (October 29, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a California federal jury's verdict invalidating Synthes USA LLC's spinal-implant patent in its infringement case against rival Spinal Kinetics Inc., agreeing that the written descriptions in Synthes' patent weren't fulsome enough to support its claims.

The appeals panel also upheld the jury's decision not to award Spinal Kinetics attorneys' fees in the case, agreeing that the company hadn't provided evidence that it is entitled to them. But the bulk of Tuesday's ruling, which included a dissent from Circuit Judge Richard...
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