14th August, 2005: Cardiac Science Inc, a leading manufacturer of life-saving automatic public-access defibrillators (AEDs), has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Defibtech, L.L.C. in the District Court of Minnesota in April, 2003. Cardiac Science announced it would get a cash payment of $925,000 as part of the deal.
Cardiac Science's allegations of infringement by Defibtech of United States Patent No.'s 5,579,919, 5,700,281 and 6,038,473 and all of Defibtech's assorted counterclaims have been fully resolved. Other terms and conditions of the settlement are not known.
"This settlement further demonstrates the strength of our patent portfolio and serves as yet another example where Cardiac Science has prevailed when our intellectual property assets were threatened by a competitor. We will continue to be vigilant in the marketplace in defending our inventions. And as our track record demonstrates, when necessary, we will not shy away from seeking remedy in court in order to dissuade our competitors, irrespective of their size or standing in the marketplace, from inappropriately employing our patented AED features and technology,” Cardiac Science's Chairman and CEO Raymond W. Cohen said in a PR Newswire release.
The Cardiac Science CEO also said the company will aggressively pursue its patent litigation against Philips which started in 2003. Cardiac Science’s patent infringement lawsuit against Philips charges that Philips’ line of automated external defibrillators infringes 10 Cardiac Science United States patents.
The Philips automated external defibrillators are promoted by Philips as including, among other things, daily and weekly self-testing to determine presence and functionality of pre-connected disposable defibrillation electrodes, features that the Cardiac Science suit alleges are key competitive advantages of its Powerheart® line of AEDs and are covered under its patents.
Cardiac Science has over 70 US Patents relating to its external defibrillation products and technology.
BY OUR PHARMA CORRESPONDENT