PTAB Institutes IPR on ConforMIS’s Surgical Mold Patent

July 17, 2017 – Patent Trial and Appeal Board Administrative Patent Judge Patrick R. Scanlon issued a decision on July 13, 2017, granting a request by Smith & Nephew for inter partes review of ConforMIS, Inc.’s U.S. Patent No. 7,534,263, entitled “Surgical tools facilitating increased accuracy, speed and simplicity in performing joint arthroplasty” in Case IPR2017-00544.  APJ Scanlon, along with panel members James A. Worth and Amanda F. Wieker, granted institution of the IPR because Smith & Nephew established a reasonable likelihood of prevailing in showing the obviousness of claims 1-3, 6-28, 31-34, and 36-49 over the combination of various prior art.

By: Joyce L. Nadipuram