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J&J Staple Patent Invalid, PTAB Process OK, Full Fed. Cir. Says

July 8, 2016, 4:00 AM

Johnson & Johnson lost another round in its effort to reverse the patent board’s invalidation of its surgical staple patent after the full Federal Circuit June 22 declined to rehear a panel decision (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP, 2016 BL 199236, Fed. Cir., 2014-1771, 6/22/16).

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a rehearing request by Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, of a three-judge panel’s 2-1 ruling on Jan. 13 that affirmed the invalidity decision of the Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)10 LSLR 02, 1/22/16, See previous story, 01/14/16, 91 PTCJ 776, 1/22/16, 10 MELR 02, 1/20/16

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