Federal Circuit reverses course, reinstates Marine Polymer's $29M win over Hemcon | Legal News

March 16, 2012 by MassDevice staff

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reverses its earlier ruling in a patent infringement spat over wound dressing technology between Marine Polymer Technologies and HemCon, reinstating a $29 million award for Marine Polymer; also, Smith & Nephew sues besieged wipes maker Triad; and Acacia settles Oridion suit with licensing deal.

Marine Polymer, HemCon

A sharply split federal appeals court reversed course and reinstated a $29.4 million win for Marine Polymer Technologies in its wound dressing patent spat with HemCon Medical Technologies.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in an en banc decision joined in full by 5 of 9 judges on the panel, ruled that the "intervening rights" of a company accused of patent infringement are only valid when patent claim language is changed during re-examination.

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