ResMed Takes Action to Enforce Patents Against BMC and 3B
Suit Filed for Patent Infringement on Devices and Masks
SAN DIEGO, June 5, 2013 – ResMed (NYSE: RMD), an innovator and pioneer in developing products for the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and respiratory conditions, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of California in San Diego, to stop infringement of ResMed patents.
ResMed filed the action against Chinese medical device manufacturer BMC Medical Co., Ltd. and its U.S. sales subsidiary, 3B Products, LLC, asserting patent infringement by:
· The RESmart CPAP and RESmart Auto CPAP devices
· The Willows nasal pillows patient interface and the iVolve nasal mask.
ResMed further filed a request to add BMC to its pending International Trade Commission (ITC) case against Taiwanese manufacturer APEX to stop the importation and sales of these products in the United States.
The ITC case against APEX, filed March 27, 2013, also named Medical Depot, Inc., doing business as Drive Medical Design and Manufacturing, in the patent infringement case. On May 30, Drive Medical Design and Manufacturing filed papers stating that it is prepared to enter into a consent decree promising to stop importation and sales of the APEX products named in the ITC proceeding.
“ResMed has built its unique market differentiation by investing in superior technology and medical science-driven innovation for sleep-disordered breathing therapy,” said ResMed global general counsel and chief administrative officer David Pendarvis. “We will continue to defend our proprietary technology by enforcing our patents.”