Zecotek Provides Update on Patent Lawsuit Against Saint-Gobain Corporation and Philips
Singapore, July 10, 2013 - Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for medical, industrial and scientific markets, today provided an update regarding the legal action, filed in the United States District Court of Ohio in February 2012, against defendants Saint-Gobain Corporation and Philips for infringement of Zecotek’s U.S. Patent Number 7,132,060. On July 1 and 2, 2013, a technical tutorial and a claim construction (Markman) hearing were completed before the Court. In the hearing, the Court considered the meaning of certain technical terminology used in the patent claim. The date of the Court’s decision following the Markman hearing was not specified.
U.S. Patent No. 7,132,060 was granted to Zecotek on November 6, 2006, is part of Zecotek’s portfolio of over 50 patented and patent pending novel photonic technologies. The patent covers the substances and chemical formulations used to grow lutetium fine silicate (LFS) scintillation crystals which are characterized by their combined high light yield and ultra-fast decay times and are typically used in medical scanning devices. The lawsuit alleges that Saint-Gobain’s LYSO crystals infringe Zecotek’s patent, and that Philips infringes by using those crystals in the PET scanners it sells.
Zecotek is joined by its exclusive licensee for certain LFS crystals, Beijing Opto-Electronics Technology Co. Ltd., as co-plaintiff. Zecotek is represented by Thomas Loop of Loop Intellectual Property Law and Justin Nelson of Susman Godfrey LLP. Both firms are recognized leaders in patent law and intellectual property litigation matters.
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Zecotek Photonics Inc (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I) is a photonics technology company developing high-performance scintillation crystals, photo detectors, positron emission tomography scanning technologies, 3D auto-stereoscopic displays, and lasers for applications in medical, high-tech and industrial sectors. Founded in 2004, Zecotek operates three divisions: Imaging Systems, Laser Systems and 3D Display Systems with labs located in Canada, Korea, Russia, Singapore and U.S.A. The management team is focused on building shareholder value by commercializing over 50 patented and patent pending novel photonic technologies directly and through strategic alliances and joint ventures with leading industry partners such as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Switzerland), Beijing Opto-Electronics Technology Co. Ltd. (China), NuCare Medical Systems (South Korea), and National NanoFab Center (South Korea). For more information visit Zecotek Photonics, follow @zecotek on Twitter and “like” us in Facebook at www.facebook.com/zecotek.
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