Ohio Willow Wood v. Alps South

Alps South, LLC (Fed. … 5,820,237 against Alps South.  The '237 patent relates to directed to cushioning devices that go over the residual stumps of amputated limbs to make the use of prosthetics more comfortable.  The district court granted summary judgment that OWW was collaterally estopped from challenging the invalidity of set of claims in the '237 patent, that the second set of asserted claims was invalid for obviousness, and that there was no inequitable conduct.  OWW appealed the collateral estoppel and obviousness issues while Alps cross-appealed the inequitable conduct issue.  Collateral Estoppel: The collateral estoppel issue in this case is notable because it involves a separate (albeit related) patent.  OWW sued Thermo-Ply, Inc.

Litigation Screen Fails to Avoid Inequitable Conduct (But Almost Succeeded)

Alps South (Fed. … Alps decision that, inter alia, reversed the lower court's determination of no inequitable conduct by the patentee OWW.

Pending Supreme Court Patent Cases for 2016

Preclusion or Jurisdiction: Alps South, LLC v. … Southco, Inc., No.