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F&P files case against competitor

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/08/2016 Jonathan Underhill

Medical device maker Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US against ResMed, claiming its rival used its technology in its breathing masks and air flow products.

Auckland-based F&P Healthcare says it is "seeking all available remedies, including damages and injunctive relief" in its proceedings in the US District Court for the Central District of California.

The lawsuit says ResMed's AirSense 10 and AirCurve 10 range of flow generator products, ClimateLineAir heated air tubing for use with such flow generator products and Swift LT and Swift FX masks, infringe patents F&P Healthcare holds.

F&P Healthcare had invested substantial resources in the research and development of its technologies over the past 45 years, says managing director Lewis Gradon, in a statement.

"The company has protected that investment through the development of a significant portfolio of more than 1400 issued and pending patents and takes infringement of its intellectual property rights very seriously."

F&P Healthcare shares fell 0.5 per cent to $10.70 in early trading on Tuesday morning on the NZX and have gained 20 per cent this year.

ResMed shares last traded at $US70.60 ($NZ98.10) and have gained 32 per cent this year.

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