PTAB Rules Joint Placement Claims Unpatentable

August 4, 2016 – The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has ruled that Carnegie Mellon’s U.S. Patent No. 6,205,411, related to an apparatus for facilitating the implantation of an artificial component of a body joint, unpatentable.  The PTAB reasoned that it is obvious for a surgeon to incorporate 3D modeling of the patient’s body and to consider the patient’s range of motion needs to determine optimal implant positioning.

The case is captioned Mako Surgical Corp. v. Blue Belt Tech., Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University, IPR2015-00630.

By:  Christopher J. Stankus

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