On December 1, 2017, Acclarent, Inc. (“Petitioner”) filed a Petition to the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) for an inter partes review of claims 8-13 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 8-13 are obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103 over various patent documents. The inter partes review remains pending at the Board and is captioned IPR2018-00268.
By: Jacqueline A. DiRamio