PTAB finds claims of NuVasive’s surgical methods patent obvious over prior art

April 9, 2015 – Administrative Patent Judge David C. McKone in an April 3, 2015 final written decision, held that Medtronic, Inc. had demonstrated by a preponderance of the evidence that all claims of NuVasive, Inc.’s U.S. Patent No. 8,005,535, entitled: “System and Methods for Performing Surgical Procedures and Assessments,” were unpatentable based on obviousness over various prior art references.  The IPR proceedings are Case IPR2014-00081 and Case IPR2014-00087.  NuVasive’s patent at issue generally related to techniques employing medical devices for spinal surgery.  Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto partners Justin J. Oliver and Brian L. Klock were the lead attorneys for Medtronic in both IPR proceedings.

By: Frederick C. Millett

IPR2014-00081

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