Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sunrise Medical in Patent Lawsuit

Plaintiff: EdiZONE

Defendants: Sunrise Medical Holdings, Sunrise Medical HHG, Sunrise Medical and Sunrise Medical (US) LLC

Case Number: 2:12-cv-01218

Date Filed: December 31, 2012

Court: Utah District Court

Patents-in-Suit: US6020055 and US6197099

Patent Number

Current Assignee[i]
Issue Date
Expiration Date[ii]

Feb 01, 2000
Jun 22, 2013
Cushioning media including lubricated spherical objects

Mar 06, 2001
Jun 22, 2013
Flowable cushioning media including lubricated spherical objects
Table Information sourced from Maxval’s Assignment Database

About the Parties:
EdiZONE is a developer of products and technology. Its business model is to conceive and patent unique and valuable technologies and product designs, develop them into prototype products, and then license them to a leader in the applicable marketplace. 

Sunrise Medical manufactures and distributes homecare and extended care products. The company offers manual and powered wheelchairs, pediatric wheelchairs, seating and positioning products, standard wheelchairs, and custom rehabilitation and sports products, as well as clothing and accessories. The company was formerly known as RichMed, Inc. and changed its name to Sunrise Medical, Inc. in 1983. It operates as a subsidiary of V.S.M. Investors, LLC.

As in Complaint:
Plaintiff alleges that defendant markets and manufactures Jay® Seating Products that include a fluid pad or cushioning component which includes microspheres and a lubricating substance such that the composition does not flow under gravity like a liquid but instead easily deforms under pressure and then stays in position until pressure is applied to deform it in a different way, thereby conforming to the user of the seating product, that infringes the above patents. 

Other Cases Filed:
Plaintiff has recently filed case (2:12-cv-01219) against Blue Chip Medical Products on December 31, 2012, which is pending. 

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[ii] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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