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Court denies summary judgment in Ivera patent case

Ivera Medical Corp. announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California denied a motion for summary judgment filed by Catheter Connections Inc. in Ivera Medical's lawsuit alleging that Catheter Connections infringes on three of its patents.

San Diego-based Ivera manufactures, markets and sells the Curos Disinfecting Port Protector, a device that disinfects and protects the entry port on certain types of valves used with intravenous lines. On Aug. 24, 2010, the '794 patent, on an invention titled "Medical Implement Cleaning Device," was issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) followed by the issuance of the '302 patent on July 26, 2011 and the '514 patent on June 26, 2012. These three patents cover key aspects of products used to passively disinfect and protect intravenous access ports.

Catheter Connections moved for summary judgment, asking the Court to find that its DualCap Solo and Dual Cap Solo IV-Pole Strip products do not infringe any of Ivera's patents. The court declined, denying Catheter Connections' motion in its entirety.

"We are pleased with the court's decision, which we believe reflects the strength of our disinfecting cap patent portfolio," said Bob Rogers, CEO of Ivera Medical. "Catheter Connections has taken many liberties with our technology and product development, and this lawsuit is just one of our actions against them. We look forward to taking this issue to trial. Ivera has spent significant resources on its patent portfolio and we will continue to vigorously defend our intellectual property."

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