Petition for Inter Partes Review by Smith & Nephew, Inc. and Arthrocare Corp.

On May 10, 2017, the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) issued a final decision in an inter partes review regarding a petition filed by Smith & Nephew, Inc. and Arthrocare Corp. (“Petitioners”) over the patentability of claims 1, 4, 8, 10-12, 15, 16, 18, 25-28, and 30 recited in U.S. Patent No. 9,179,907 (“the ‘907 Patent”).  The ‘907 Patent, which is owned by Arthrex, Inc., is drawn to a knotless suture securing assembly.  In the decision, the Board granted the institution of the inter partes review because the Petitioners had established a reasonable likelihood of prevailing with respect to at least 1 of the claims challenged in the petition.  The inter partes review remains pending at the Board and is captioned IPR2017-00275.

By:  Jacqueline A. DiRamio

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