SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Catheter Connections, a start-up company co-founded by nurses seeking to reduce deadly hospital-acquired bloodstream infections, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued Notices of Allowance for patent application numbers 12/917,336 and 12/957,263. Upon issuance of these patents, the Company’s patent portfolio will consist of nine U.S. patents which are directed to its DualCap® technology for disinfecting IV connectors ─ technology that helps protect hospital patients from deadly infections.
Ivera Medical Corporation also has three patents it says cover its Curos® disinfectant cap for IV luer access valves. However, during an ongoing inter partes reexamination of these three patents, the USPTO recently issued office actions rejecting, for the second time, all of the contested claims.
“We continue to be confident that upon the conclusion of the reexamination by the USPTO, Ivera will lose its patents for the contested claims. Catheter Connections is the only provider of disinfecting caps with valid patents covering technology for disinfection and protection of both sides of the IV connection: the male luer and the luer access valve. Because patient safety is driven by caregivers having the best and complete tools at their disposal, the DualCap System™ is a leader,” said Vicki Farrar, Esq., CEO of Catheter Connections.
About Catheter Connections
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Catheter Connections®, Inc., develops and commercializes innovative vascular access products designed to protect patients from acquiring infections during intravenous infusion therapy. Its DualCap System™ is a family of user-friendly products that provides healthcare facilities with a cost-effective, integrated solution for IV disinfection and protection, helping in the fight against IV catheter-related bloodstream infections. Designed by nurses for nurses, flagship product DualCap® safely disinfects both IV tubing end connectors and IV catheter access valves — a major breakthrough for infection control. For more information, visit www.catheterconnections.com.