August 25, 2015 – Globus Medical, Inc. filed a petition for inter partes review against patent owner Flexuspine, Inc. on August 24, 2015 related to Flexuspine’s patent for expandable intervertebral implant technology. The patent at issue is U.S. Patent No. 8,647,386, entitled: “Expandable Intervertebral Implant System and Method,” which is the subject of Case No. IPR2015-01795. Globus Medical is challenging the claims of Flexuspine’s patent on the grounds of obviousness. Globus Medical and Flexuspine are currently involved in the district court action Flexuspine, Inc. v. Globus Medical, Inc., Civil Action No. 15-cv-00201-JRG-KNM (E.D. Tex.), involving the same ’386 patent.
By: Frederick C. Millett