United States Patent and Trademark Office Rejects Patent Infringement Claims by LifeWatch; Medicomp Provides Update on Patent Reexamination Proceeding
MELBOURNE, Fla., June 23 Medicomp, Inc. confirmed that it has received an initial ruling by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to reject all claims in regards to LifeWatch patent 7,542,878 (the '878 patent).
In response to a lawsuit LifeWatch brought against Medicomp for patent infringement, Medicomp requested that the USPTO reexamine the '878 patent and a second LifeWatch patent, numbered 5,730,143 (the '143 patent), based on its belief that the patents are invalid and should not have been granted. In the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, LifeWatch had sought a preliminary injunction to prevent Medicomp from marketing its Medicomp SAVIŽ Wireless mobile cardiac telemetry product. After the USPTO granted Medicomp's reexamination request of the '878 patent, the court denied the preliminary injunction sought by LifeWatch, allowing Medicomp to proceed with the launch of its Medicomp SAVIŽ Wireless mobile cardiac telemetry product. If the rejection of the claims in the '878 patent by the USPTO stands, the patent will be revoked. Additionally, the USPTO has ordered reexamination of all claims in the '143 patent, but has not yet issued a first Office Action with a rejection.
While these are only the initial findings of the USPTO concerning these two patents, Medicomp is pleased that the USPTO has accepted its arguments.
Dr. Dan Balda, President of Medicomp, stated, "We are extremely excited about this news as we are eager to get this matter behind us so we can resume our focus on providing patients and healthcare providers with what we believe to be the best mobile cardiac telemetry technology offering in the industry."
Stephen Maebius, a patent attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP working on this case, added, "Although this was a time-consuming and expensive for the company, we are pleased that the USPTO has ordered reexamination against both patents asserted in the litigation. If the USPTO
issues and maintains rejections against all claims in the reexaminations of the '878 and '143 patents, then the patents will ultimately be rendered void and inapplicable to any LifeWatch products."
About Medicomp, Inc.
Medicomp, Inc., founded in 1981, designs, develops and provides advanced cardiac monitoring products and services using the most sophisticated and reliable ambulatory heart-monitoring systems available. Our diagnostic technologies are widely regarded as the most advanced in the industry, and are therefore entrusted by physicians and scientists to provide cardiac monitoring services around the world in healthcare, research as well as space and aeronautical exploration. Medicomp's cardiac monitors use artificial intelligence operating in real-time. Our proprietary Diogenes algorithm employs rate, rhythm, morphology, and p-wave information making it the most comprehensive ambulatory ECG analysis available.
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