YOQNEAM, ISRAEL--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - Given Imaging Ltd. (NASDAQ: GIVN), a world leader in specialty GI products and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Intromedic Co. Ltd., in Seoul's Central District Court. Given Imaging believes Intromedic's capsule endoscope, marketed under the brand name MiroCam, infringes two Korean patents of Given Imaging. In parallel, Intromedic commenced proceedings before the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) to invalidate the two patents asserted by Given Imaging.
If the patents are found valid and infringed by the MiroCam capsule, Intromedic, based in Korea, will not be able to manufacture its capsule endoscope in Korea or sell it from Korea to customers worldwide. Rulings in these proceedings are expected during the second half of 2012.
This is the second patent infringement suit filed by Given Imaging that is directed at Intromedic's MiroCam capsule endoscopy system. In March 2011, the Regional Court (Patent Chamber) in Düsseldorf, Germany, ruled that the MiroCam capsule endoscopy system infringes two German patents asserted by Given Imaging. Given Imaging is not aware of any commercial sales of the MiroCam capsule in Germany since the court ruling came down. An appeal on this ruling is pending and Intromedic and its German distributor have commenced invalidation proceedings with respect to these two patents before the Federal Patent Court in Munich. Rulings in the appeal and invalidation proceedings in Germany are expected towards the end of 2012.
"Given Imaging's innovative, state-of-the-art capsule endoscopy products have added a new dimension to GI diagnosis. We have invested considerable intellectual and monetary resources to bring this technology to the world and are determined to use our intellectual property, including more than 200 registered patents worldwide, to protect our innovative product portfolio," said Homi Shamir, president and CEO, Given Imaging.
About Given Imaging Ltd.
Since pioneering the field of capsule endoscopy in 2001, Given Imaging has become a world leader in GI medical devices, offering health care providers a range of innovative options for visualizing, diagnosing and monitoring the digestive system. The company offers a broad product portfolio including PillCam® video capsules for the small bowel, esophagus and colon [PillCam® COLON not approved for use in the United States.], industry-leading ManoScan™ high-resolution manometry and Bravo® wireless and Digitrapper® pH and impedance products. Given Imaging is committed to delivering breakthrough innovations to the GI community and supporting its ongoing clinical needs. Given Imaging's headquarters are located in Yoqneam, Israel, with operating subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.givenimaging.com.
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