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aap Implantate received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its silver coating technology, designed to help prevent biofilm formation on implants and thus reduce infection risk. The coating may be applied to aap's existing trauma portfolio as well as other orthopaedic implants. aap expects to present results of initial animal trials of the technology in 2Q14. (aap Implantate AG, 2/6/14)