October 5, 2015 – Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. filed two petitions for inter partes review against patent owner Four Mile Bay, LLC on October 2, 2015 related to Four Mile Bay’s patents for hip implant technology. The patents at issue are U.S. Patent Nos. 8,506,642 and 8,821,582, both entitled: “Hip Implant With Porous Body,” which are the subject of Case IPR2016-00011 and Case IPR2016-00012, respectively. Zimmer is challenging the claims of Four Mile Bay’s patents on the grounds of obviousness. Zimmer and Four Mile Bay are currently involved in the district court action Four Mile Bay, LLC v. Zimmer Holdings, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-00063-PPS-CAN (N.D. Ind.), involving the same patents.
By: Frederick C. Millett