On December 15, 2016, Acclarent, Inc. (“Petitioner”) filed a Petition to the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) for an inter partes review of claims 1-7 and 14-20 of U.S. Patent No. 9,011,412 (“the ‘412 Patent”). The ‘412 Patent is owned by Ford Albritton, IV and is drawn to a guide catheter apparatus that is insertable through an external body passage. In the Petition, Petitioner alleges that claims 1-7 and 14-20 are anticipated and/or obvious under 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and/or 103 over various patent documents. The inter partes review remains pending at the Board and is captioned IPR2017-00498.
By: Jacqueline A. DiRamio