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ResMed sues Respironics for mask patent infringment.



ResMed, Inc. (San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , CA) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in San Diego against Respironics, Inc. ResMed's suit seeks a judgment that certain Respironics mask products (Contour Deluxe de·luxe also de luxe  
adj.
Particularly elegant and luxurious; sumptuous: deluxe accommodations; a de luxe automobile.

adv.
, Comfort Classic, Comfort Select, and Image3 masks) infringe in·fringe  
v. in·fringed, in·fring·ing, in·fring·es

v.tr.
1. To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate: infringe a contract; infringe a patent.

2.
 patents held by ResMed. The complaint further charges Respironics with copying ResMed's proprietary mask technology, and alleges violation of the Lanham Act The Lanham Act of 1946, also known as the Trademark Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1051 et seq., ch. 540, 60 Stat. 427 [1988 & Supp. V 1993]), is a federal statute that regulates the use of Trademarks in commercial activity. , trademark and trade dress infringement, and common law violations. ResMed seeks an injunction and damages.

Peter C. Farrell, Ph.D., ResMed's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "ResMed has devoted substantial resources to the development of its mask technology. The suit is an effort to protect the intellectual property those resources have produced. We will not tolerate tol·er·ate
v.
1. To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit.

2. To put up with; endure.

3. To have tolerance for a substance or pathogen.
 the copying of our products by competitors."

ResMed is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical equipment for the diagnosis, treatment and management of sleep-disordered breathing, selling a comprehensive range of products in over 60 countries.
ResMed Inc.
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www.resmed.com
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Date:Oct 1, 2002
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