3B/BMC DESIGNS AROUND CONTESTED PATENTS
BEIJING, August 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — BMC Medical Corp and 3B Medical, Inc. (“3B/BMC”), leading players in the manufacture and sale of sleep apnea products, announce that an ITC Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an initial decision in the ResMed action in the ITC. 3B/BMC successfully invalidated one of ResMed’s patents covering masks, and knocked out 3 out of 4 claims of ResMed’s patent covering the humidifier on the CPAP machines. 3B/BMC is preparing to petition the Commission to invalidate the remaining claim to clear 3B/BMC’s CPAP for future importation.
3B/BMC was prepared for either outcome at the Commission. While the ALJ’s decision is subject to review and the ITC is not scheduled to issue a final decision until December, engineers have already redesigned products to avoid the patents. 3B/BMC will immediately move the redesigns into production to insure that there are no commercial disruptions to supply and to continue to bring unparalleled value to the sleep therapy product space.
“The ITC’s judge’s decision is only a preliminary ruling, and we remain confident in a successful appeal to the full Commission. In the meantime, in order to ensure continued supply to our customers, we have already implemented new designs that do not pose any infringement issues with ResMed’s patents, several of which have already been admitted by ResMed not to infringe. We are committed to our goal of bringing superior products and technology to the U.S., while at the same time helping to lower the costs of healthcare and increase DME profitability,” said BMC’s General Manager, James Xu.