US Patent Office Knocks Out 99% of Verathon’s Video Laryngoscope Patent in Aircraft Medical Re-Exam Action
EDINBURGH, January 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
The Board of Appeals at the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a
decision that invalidates the majority of the claims in Verathon Inc.’s US 6,543,447
patent for a video laryngoscope.
Aircraft Medical requested a re-examination of Verathon’s patent in 2006 after
Verathon, a subsidiary of Roper Industries, Inc., initiated litigation against Aircraft
Medical for infringement of their ’447 patent. Aircraft had the litigation stayed (put on
hold) pending the outcome of re-examination of the patent at the US Patent Office. The
Board of Appeals agreed with Aircraft’s arguments, upholding only one remaining claim (out
of nearly 300), which is not relevant to Aircraft’s current or planned products.
Verathon had also previously unsuccessfully attempted to sue Aircraft Medical in the
UK for infringement of the equivalent European patent to the ’447 patent, but the Court
ruled there was no infringement.
Aircraft Medical last week announced the appointment of Philippa Montgomerie as
in-house legal counsel and a member of the Board. She joins the Company from global law
firm DLA Piper, where she was a Partner in the UK Intellectual Property group and had
advised Aircraft Medical for several years as well as a number of the world’s largest life
science companies on a variety of issues, including patent strategy, litigation and
commercial agreements. Prior to this she spent six years at the leading firm Linklaters in
Aircraft Medical is a specialist developer and producer of high quality medical
devices and is focused on the needs of anaesthesia and critical care professionals around
the world. Aircraft Medical is recognized as a founding member of the rapidly emerging
video laryngoscope market with its McGRATH(R) video laryngoscope products sold globally,
including the McGRATH(R) MAC and its predecessor, the Series 5, the world’s first fully
portable video laryngoscope.
For further information visit http://www.aircraftmedical.com.
1. United States Patent and Trademark Office, appeal 2012-007851
SOURCE Aircraft Medical