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SSJR Successfully Defends Karl Storz Endoscopy-America (KSEA) in Patent Infringement Suit
29 July 2006
SSJR is pleased to announce that a Federal District Court in West Virginia has granted SSJR’s summary judgment motions that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,740,801, relating to a system for storing and displaying images during a medical procedure, are either not infringed by KSEA or are invalid, thereby successfully disposing of the case against KSEA.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia recently granted SSJR’s summary judgment motions for non-infringement and invalidity with respect to the claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,740,801 being asserted against its client KSEA. In its ruling, the Court compared KSEA’s accused products against the claims of the patent and found that 53 of the 55 claims of the ’801 patent were not infringed. The Court went on to find that the remaining two claims of the ’801 patent were invalid based on a prior art patent that was never considered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but which was brought to the Court’s attention by SSJR. SSJR previously obtained judgments dismissing co-defendant Karl Storz Endovision from the case, and determining that a second patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,877,819, was not infringed. The Court’s ruling resulted in a complete victory for KSEA.
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