Petition for Inter Partes Review by Stryker Corporation

On September 2, 2015, the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) issued a final decision in an inter partes review regarding a petition filed by Stryker Corporation (“Petitioner”) over the patentability of claims 21, 22, 28-31, 35, 61, 62, 68-71, and 75 recited in U.S. Patent No. 7,844,657 (“the ‘657 Patent”).  The ‘657 Patent, which issued on November 30, 2010, is owned by Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. and is drawn to a system for controlling medical devices in an operating room.  In the decision, the Board determined that the Petitioner had not demonstrated a reasonable likelihood of establishing the unpatentability of claims 21, 22, 28-31, 35, 61, 62, 68-71, and 75 of the ‘657 Patent under the various grounds asserted under 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and 103. The inter partes review remains pending at the Board and is captioned IPR2015-00764.

By:  Jacqueline A. DiRamio

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