Institution of Inter Partes Review Petition by Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

On December 4, 2018, the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) instituted an inter partes review Petition filed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (“Petitioner”). In IPR2018-00933, the Petitioner challenged claims 1, 2, 4-6, 8-11, 13, 15-20 of U.S. Patent No. 9,084,601 (“the ‘601 Patent”) as anticipated under 35 U.S.C. § 102, and claims 1-20 as obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103. The Board instituted trial on all challenged claims and grounds.

The ‘601 Patent is owned by Ethicon LLC and is drawn to detachable motor powered surgical instruments, particularly surgical cutting and stapling instruments. The inter partes review remains pending at the Board.

By:  April Breyer Menon

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