Healthcare Industry News: MiroCam
News Release - March 21, 2011
Given Imaging Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit in GermanyYOQNEAM, ISRAEL--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Given Imaging Ltd. (NASDAQ:GIVN ), a world leader in specialty GI products and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced that the Regional Court (Patent Chamber) in Düsseldorf, Germany has ruled that the MiroCam capsule endoscopy system manufactured by IntroMedic of South Korea infringes two patents asserted by Given Imaging. The court's rulings allow Given Imaging to prevent IntroMedic's German distributor, Medwork Medicinal Products and Services GmbH from selling the current model of the MiroCam capsule and MiroView software in Germany.
"We are very pleased that the German court has ruled in favor of Given Imaging in this patent infringement case, which strengthens our competitive position in Germany," said Homi Shamir, president and CEO, Given Imaging. "We will continue to vigorously defend our intellectual property rights worldwide related to our innovative product portfolio."
Medwork has appealed this ruling. Separate proceedings attempting to invalidate these patents were initiated by IntroMedic and its German distributor and are pending before the German Federal Patent Court.
About Given Imaging Ltd.
Since 2001, Given Imaging has advanced gastrointestinal visualization by developing state-of-the art, patient-friendly tools based on its PillCam® Platform. PillCam® capsule endoscopy uses miniature video cameras in a capsule, wireless technology, and advanced software to provide physicians with clear images of the small intestine via PillCam® SB and the esophagus through PillCam® ESO. The PillCam® COLON video capsule, which is an investigational device in the U.S., is designed to visualize the colon. Given Imaging's other capsule products include the Agile™ patency capsule, to verify intestinal patency, and Bravo®, the only wireless, catheter-free, 48-hour pH test commercially available for pH testing to assess gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In April 2010, Given Imaging acquired Sierra Scientific Instruments, the leading provider of specialty GI diagnostic solutions and pioneer of high-resolution manometry for assessing gastrointestinal motility. Sierra Scientific is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Given Imaging. Given Imaging's headquarters, manufacturing and R&D facilities are located in Yoqneam, Israel, with operating subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.givenimaging.com.
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