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February 6, 2018

In Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. Hologic, the Federal Circuit looked at U.S. Patent No. 7,226,459.  Smith & Nephew owns the ’459 patent, entitled “Reciprocating Rotary Arthroscopic Surgical Instrument.”  The opinion includes an interesting discussion on the construction of claim 1 of the '459 patent. 

Claim 1 recites:

A surgical instrument, comprising:

a cutting member including an implement for cutting tissue; and

a drive coupled to the cutting member to simultaneously rotate, translate, and reciprocate the cutting member in response to...

January 3, 2018

Patent prosecutors spend a great deal of time pondering the question of whether a particular combination of references ought to render a patent claim obvious.

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