Arthrex Points to Supreme Court Case in Bid to Shield Patent

Nov. 2, 2020, 11:15 PM

Arthrex Inc. is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to delay issuing a formal cancellation of part of a surgical device patent until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a case on the constitutionality of agency judge appointments.

The patent office director should not issue a cancellation certificate for U.S. Patent No. 8,821,541, because the Supreme Court may find in Arthrex Inc. v. Smith & Nephew Inc. that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges who voided the patent were unconstitutionally appointed, Arthrex said in a Nov. 2 tribunal filing.

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