Biomedical Orthopedic Implant Patent Survives AIA Review

Law360, New York (May 5, 2016, 1:36 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday ruled in a final written decision in an America Invents Act review that Wright Medical Technology Inc. failed to prove that the challenged claims of a Biomedical Enterprises Inc. patent on an orthopedic implant are invalid as obvious.

Specifically, the three-judge panel found that an invention attributed to an inventor named William Casey Fox was not created prior to Biomedical's U.S. Patent Number 8,584,853 B2, which covers an orthopedic fixation system that contains a sterile packaged implant kit and a sterile packaged instrument kit, according to the decision.

The Fox invention could therefore...

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