PTAB Denies IPR Institution on Bone Wedge Patent

December 28, 2015 – The PTAB denied Globus Medical’s petition for inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 6,099,531 titled, “Changing Relationship Between Bones.”  The PTAB held the asserted prior art reference did “not describe using the implant to apply force against the vertebrae to expand a portion of the interconnecting joint.” Thus, “based on the information presented, Petitioner has not established sufficiently that [the prior art reference] teaches or suggests every limitation of independent claim 8.”  The case is captioned Globus Medical, Inc. v. Bonutti Skeletal Innovations LLC, IPR2015-01346.

By:  Christopher J. Stankus

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