PTAB Issues Final Written Decision Finding Covidien’s Surgical Instrument Patent Invalid

December 6, 2016 – Patent Trial and Appeal Board Administrative Patent Judge Zhenyu Yang issued a final written decision on November 30, 2016, finding that Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. had shown the challenged claims of Covidien AG’s U.S. Patent No. 7,887,536 B2, entitled “Vessel Sealing Instrument,” to be invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 103 in Case IPR2015-01274. The ’536 patent’s claims are directed towards a bipolar electrosurgical instrument.

By: Madhundra Sivakumar