A Medical Device Daily Staff Report

Patient Safety Technologies (Irvine, California) said it has filed a lawsuit against ClearCount Medical Solutions (Pitsburgh) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, asserting a claim against ClearCount for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,931,824 entitled "Identification and Accountability System for Surgical Sponges."

Patient Safety's claims are based on ClearCount's sale of its SmartSponge Flex and SmartSponge System products which are alleged to infringe the '824 Patent. Patient Safety seeks injunctive relief and damages as remedies for the infringement.

"We will not accept the violation of our intellectual property and intend on pursuing appropriate legal action against those we believe are doing so," said Brian Stewart, president/CEO of Patient Safety Technologies.

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