February 3, 2015 – The Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied Olympus America Inc.’s request to reschedule oral hearing in order to permit back-up counsel to attend because Olympus failed to raise the request earlier. The inter partes review concerns Perfect Surgical Techniques, Inc.’s U.S. Pat. No. 6,030,384 related to bipolar surgical instruments and is captioned IPR2014-00233.
By: Christopher J. Stankus