On January 28, 2015, Petitioner, Mako Surgical Corp. (“Mako”), filed a Petition to the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) for inter partes review of claims 1-17 of U.S. Patent No. 6,205,411 (“the ‘411 Patent”) drawn to computer-assisted surgery, including an apparatus for facilitating the implantation of an artificial component in a hip, knee, hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, foot, or ankle joint. The ‘411 Patent, which issued on March 20, 2001, is currently owned by Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. In the Petition, Mako asserts the following grounds: (i) claims 1-17 are obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103 over a 1996 article by DiGioia (“DiGioia”) in view of a 1995 article written by DiGioia (“DiGioia II”), (ii) claims 1, 2, and 4-8 are anticipated under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) over DiGioia II, and (iii) claims 1-17 are obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103 over DiGioia II in view of a 1993 article written by Chao et al., a 1995 article written by O’Toole et al., and a 1994 Article written by Taylor et al. The inter partes review remains pending at the Board and is captioned IPR2015-00630.
By: Jacqueline A. DiRamio