January 16, 2018 – Waters Technologies Corp. filed a petition for inter partes review against Patent Owner Biomedical Device Consultants & Laboratories on January 15, 2018 related to Biomedical Device Consultant’s patent for a testing system for evaluating prosthetic vascular devices and heart valves. The patent at issue in IPR2018-00498 is U.S. Patent No. 9,186,224, entitled “Fatigue Testing System for Prosthetic Devices.” Waters Technologies is challenging the claims of Biomedical Device Consultants’ patent on the ground of obviousness. The parties are currently involved in the district court action Biomedical Device Consultants & Laboratories of Colorado, LLC v. TA Instruments – Waters LLC, Civil Action No. 0:17-cv-03403-DWF-SER (D. Minn.) involving the same patent.
By: Frederick C. Millett