February 19, 2015 – Stryker Corp. filed 4 petitions for inter partes review against patent owner Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. on February 18, 2015 related to Karl Storz’s patents for medical device control systems technology. The patents at issue are U.S. Patent No. 8,069,420, entitled: “System for controlling the communication of medical imaging data,” which is the subject of Case Nos. IPR2015-00677 and IPR2015-00678; U.S. Patent No. 8,439,821, entitled: “System and method for the central control of devices used during an operation,” which is the subject of Case No. IPR2015-00679; and U.S. Patent No. 7,844,657, entitled: “System for controlling medical devices,” which is the subject of Case No. IPR2015-00764. Stryker is challenging the claims of Karl Storz’s patents on the grounds of anticipation and obviousness.
By: Frederick C. Millett