SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Volcano Corporation today said that it believes the patent infringement claims brought against the company by St. Jude Medical Systems AB and its affiliated companies are without merit. In a filing made today in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Volcano denies allegations that its PrimeWire(R) products infringe any valid claim of St. Jude's asserted patents. Moreover, as described in detail in its answer, Volcano believes that two of the asserted St. Jude patents are unenforceable because they were obtained through acts of fraud on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Specifically, Volcano believes that the individuals involved in securing these two patents knowingly withheld from the USPTO a patent describing the pioneering work of scientists at Volcano's predecessor company, Cardiometrics, Inc.
In addition, Volcano has alleged that St. Jude's PressureWire (R) products and its RadiAnalyzer(R) Xpress product infringe three Volcano patents. In its counterclaim, Volcano is seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages. Volcano intends to demonstrate that St. Jude has adopted Volcano's technology to enable it to compete in the rapidly expanding sensor-equipped guide wire field.
"Volcano believes that it, not St. Jude or Radi Medical, has led the way in Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) technology by developing the first guide wires to incorporate a solid state pressure sensor, the WaveWire(R). Volcano's predecessor company was also the first to introduce a guide wire containing a solid state sensor for measuring intravascular flow rates, the FlowWire(R). Volcano believes that the Cardiometrics patents and Volcano's related innovative products render St. Jude's asserted claims invalid," said Scott Huennekens, chief executive officer of Volcano.
"As the innovator of these guide wire technologies, Volcano intends to se
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