Petition for Inter Partes Review by Acclarent, Inc.

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

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