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Purdue files patent infringement suit against Japanese health device company


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2017

Purdue University has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a Japanese maker of blood pressure monitors.

Purdue alleges that Omron Corp. and Omron Healthcare Co. are knowingly infringing on technologies developed by biotechnology professor Leslie Geddes, who passed away in 2009, and Rebecca Roeder, who worked with Leslie as a graduate student.

Over the years, Geddes’ inventions have generated tens of millions of dollars in royalties for Purdue. In the lawsuit, Purdue claims that Omron uses Geddes’ patented, non-invasive technologies in a number of its blood pressure monitors, which have been ranked highly by several sites including Consumer Reports and can be easily purchased online.

“Defendants’ direct infringement of the [Geddes] patent has caused, and will continue to cause, substantial and irreparable damage to Purdue,” the lawsuit says. Purdue is seeking damages, royalties, interest and legal costs from Omron, although specific dollar figures have not been revealed.

Source: The Exponent

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