Masimo files lawsuit against Philips for pulse oximetry patent
16 February 2009
Masimo, the inventor of various technologies for pulse oximetry has
announced that it has filed a patent infringement suit against Philips
Electronics North America Corporation and Philips Medizin Systeme
Boblingen Gmbh related to Philips FAST pulse oximetry technology and
certain Philips patient monitors.
The suit was brought in the United States District Court for the
District of Delaware. Masimo Founder and CEO, Joe E. Kiani, said: "Given
that Philips and Masimo have a long-term business relationship, we have
patiently tried to resolve our differences regarding Philips'
infringement of Masimo's patents without seeking the courts'
intervention. Unfortunately, since our best efforts have not been
successful, we believe we have no choice but to rely on the courts to
resolve this dispute."
Masimo says that it and Philips continue to be engaged in a long-term
OEM agreement and that it intends to comply with the terms of the
agreement, continuing to provide Philips with Masimo SET technology for
integration into Philips monitoring products, to the benefit of both
companies' mutual customers.
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