PTAB Declines to Institute IPRs on Kar Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. Patents

September 3, 2015 – On September 1, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued two decisions declining petitions requesting inter partes review of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,821,530 (“the ’530 patent”) and 8,439,821 (“the ’821 patent”) filed by Stryker Communications, Inc.   Both the ’530 patent, titled “Intelligent camera head,” and the ’821 patent, titled “System and method for the central control of devices used during an operation,” are owned by Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.  The ’530 patent is directed to a video imaging system that allows for the use of a variety of intelligent camera heads with a single camera control unit.  These cameras may be used for video endoscopies and therapeutic disciplines that utilize endoscopes to view otherwise inaccessible body cavities.  The ’821 patent is directed to a system for central control of devices used during surgical procedures.  APJ Bryan F. Moore authored both decisions and found that Petitioner Stryker Communications, Inc. failed to show either patent was anticipated or obvious over the asserted prior art.  The cases are captioned IPR2015-00674 and IPR2015-00679.

By: Ketan V. Patel

U.S. Patent No. 7,821,530

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