On July 15, 2015, the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) issued a final decision in an inter partes review regarding a petition filed by C.R. Bard, Inc. (“Petitioner”) over the patentability of claims 1 and 2 recited in U.S. Patent No. 8,448,786 (“the ‘786 Patent”). The ‘786 Patent, which issued on May 28, 2013, is owned by Medline Industries, Inc. and is drawn to a catheter tray, packaging system, instruction insert, and associated methods. In the decision, the Board determined that the Petitioner had not shown a reasonable likelihood that the Petitioner would prevail in challenging claims 1 and 2 of the ‘786 Patent. The inter partes review remains pending at the Board and is captioned IPR2015-00509.
By: Jacqueline A. DiRamio