Patent Board Grants Inter Partes Review Of Perforation Detection Patent

Mealey's (October 7, 2016, 9:47 AM EDT) -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A petition for inter partes review by Minerva Surgical Inc. was granted Oct. 6 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which agreed that claims 1-15 of a patented method of detecting body cavity perforations are likely invalid under 35 U.S. Code Section 103 (Minerva Surgical Inc. v. Hologic Inc., No. IPR2016-00868, PTAB).

(Decision available.  Document #16-161017-007Z.)

According to the board, it would be obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the art that the use of a pressure sensor and controller...
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