Three Medical Device Companies Sue Several Boston-area Medical Centers and Collegiate Medical Programs
Image-Based Surgicenter (IBSC), NeuroGrafix [NPE], and Neurography Institute Medical Associates (NIMA) filed four separate suits against Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Medical Care Corporation, Beth Israel Deaconess Physicians Organization, Boston Medical Center Corporation, Boston University Affiliated Physicians, Boston University Medical Center Radiologists, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, Caregroup, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Partners Healthcare System, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Trustees of Boston University, Trustees of Tufts College, Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, and Tufts Shared Services, alleging that the defendants’ products for peripheral nerve MR Neurography, DTI and diffusion anisotropy based tractography, including related workstations and software infringe a patent related to medical imaging. NeuroGrafix has filed five prior suits since May 2008 against defendants, including Oak Tree Medical Corporation, Philips, Siemens; and the University of California has also been subject to one action for declaratory judgment brought by GE. The patent-in-suit was assigned to the University of Washington by St. George’s Hospital Medical School in February 2008. According to the complaint, Washington Research Fund holds all rights to the patent-in-suit, which was exclusively licensed to NeuroGrafix in December 1998. NeuroGrafix, NIMA, and IBSC have reportedly been investing in and practicing the technology in the patent-in-suit since at least 2000. 7/11, District of Massachusetts, no judge yet assigned, 1:2012cv11274, 1:2012cv11275, 1:2012cv11276, 1:2012cv11277.