Federal Circuit Denies Howmedica Rehearing Request

April 28, 2016—The Federal Circuit has denied a request from Plaintiff Howmedica Osteonics Corp. for a rehearing of a February decision which invalidated its patent, “Non-oxidizing polymeric medical implant.”  The Court did not provide any reasoning for its denial.  The February ruling invalidated the last of four patents allegedly infringed by Defendant Zimmer Inc.  The patent-at-issue is U.S. Patent No. 6,818,020, and the case is number 15-1498.

By: Katherine E. Adams

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