Purdue University Pleads Sovereign Immunity in New Complaint Against Omron

December 16, 2017

Purdue University, through its trustees, has filed suit against Omron (Omron Healthcare) (4:17-cv-00099), alleging infringement through the provision of certain blood pressure monitors. The asserted patent, generally related to an “oscillometric, noninvasive blood pressure monitor”, was developed by Dr. Leslie A. Geddes, a Purdue bioengineering professor awarded the National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush in 2006, along with his graduate student Dr. Rebecca A. Roeder. Purdue pleads that, as an “instrumentality of the State of Indiana”, it “enjoys sovereign immunity” and that “Purdue does not consent to the jurisdiction of any other forum for proceedings related to the patent-in-suit” (emphasis in the original).

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