Medtronic Files for Inter Partes Review of Bosch Healthcare Patent

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On February 14, 2014, Medtronic, Inc. (“Medtronic”) filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board requesting inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 7,587,469 (“the ’469 Patent”).

The ’469 Patent is entitled “Audio Instructions for Appliances,” and the sole listed inventor is Stephen J. Brown.  The ’469 Patent states that it relates to “communication systems for remote monitoring of individuals, and in particular to a networked system for remotely monitoring individuals and for communicating information to the individuals through the use of script programs.”  Figure 5 from the ’469 Patent is shown below:

Figure 5 from the ’469 Patent

The petition seeks review of all 22 of the ’469 Patent’s claims.  The petition discloses that the ’469 Patent has been asserted by Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. (“Bosch Healthcare”) against Cardiocom, LLC (“Cardiocom”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medtronic, in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  The complaint, filed on April 26, 2013, states the ’469 Patent is assigned to Bosch Healthcare.  The complaint alleges that the “Cardiocom Telehealth system, which includes, but is not limited to, the Commander Flex Device, the Commander Device, the Telescale Device, the LinkView Device, the Attentiv Device, the NetResponse product, the TeleResponse product, and the Omnivisor Management System” infringes the ’469 Patent and five other patents.

The petition further states that there is a second patent infringement lawsuit “involving related patents,” and also that several of the related patents are also being challenged in USPTO proceedings.  The complaint for this second case, filed by Bosch Healthcare against Cardiocom on July 24, 2012 in the Northern District of California, is available here.

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