Federal Appeals Court Overturns Decision in Liner Suit

June 10, 2015

Contact: Lisa Watkins
740.869.3377 ext. 106

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Decision in Liner Suit

On Friday, June 5, 2015, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of WillowWood and reversed a November 2013 judgement in a case involving prosthetic gel liners.

The 2013 judgement in favor of Alps South, LLC prevented WillowWood from manufacturing or selling its thermoplastic elastomer Alpha® Liners. Last week, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with WillowWood that Alps lacked standing to bring patent infringement claims in the lawsuit. The case will now return to the District Court with instructions to dismiss the action. The patent involved in the original litigation expired in 2014.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this appeal,” said Ryan Arbogast, WillowWood president. “We are currently reviewing the ruling thoroughly with our legal counsel to fully understand the outcomes of the appeal. However, we want to thank both our customers for their wonderful loyalty and support and our team for their extraordinary efforts during the past year.”

WillowWood, located in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, is an industry leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of prosthetic products, including the Pathfinder® II foot, LimbLogic® vacuum suspension system, and the OMEGA® CAD system. For more information about WillowWood and its products, please call 1.800.848.4930 or visit the company’s website at www.willowwoodco.com.

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