July 12, 2017 – On July 10, 2017, the PTAB granted institution of an inter partes of a patent directed to a surgical catheter under 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and 103. Acclarent, Inc. filed a petition for inter partes review against Ford Albritton, IV. The petitioner asserted that claims 1–7 and 14–20 of U.S. Patent No. 9,011,412 B2 are unpatentable based on the statutory grounds of anticipation and obviousness. The ‘412 patent is titled “Apparatus, System and Method for Manipulating a Surgical Cathether and Working Device with a Single Hand.” The IPR number is 2017-00498.
By: Becky E. Steephenson