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18 July 2019AmericasRory O'Neill

Medical laser makers settle microneedle dispute

Massachusetts-based medical laser company Candela and Israeli medical devices manufacturer Lumenis have settled all outstanding patent litigation between the two parties.

Candela sued Lumenis in April 2018, claiming that the Israeli company’s Legend+ radio frequency (RF) microneedle devices infringed two of its patents (US numbers 9,510,899 and 9,095,357).

The patents were at the heart of a US International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation into the import of microneedle devices.

The ITC launched the investigation, in which Lumenis, its subsidiary Pollogen, and 12 other companies were named as defendants, in May 2018.

In June 2018, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts stayed Candela’s patent lawsuit pending the result of the ITC investigation.

The two Candela patents, both titled “method and apparatus for dermatological treatment and tissue reshaping”, claim technology that delivers radiofrequency energy to localised areas beneath the surface of the skin.

The dispute has now come to an end as Candela and Lumenis announced they have reached a mutual settlement and sublicence agreement.

“While terms of the settlement and sublicence agreements are confidential, Lumenis and Pollogen will continue to actively market and develop their fractional RF microneedle product line, including the Legend and Divine family of products,” a press release said.

In January this year, Candela filed a motion to terminate the investigation and withdrew its allegations in relation to certain claims in the two patents.

The ITC approved Candela’s motion to terminate the investigation in respect of the eight patent claims in February.

Candela has already settled its dispute with several of the respondents named in the ITC investigation, including Korean laser manufacturer Lutronic, and California-based InMode.

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