On July 22, Bolt MRI Technologies LLC filed a lawsuit against Fonar Corporation, Health Management Corporation of America, Inc., and Health Diagnostics, LLC (collectively, the “Defendants”), alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,882,877. The ‘877 Patent is entitled “Magnetic Resonance Imaging System and Method,” and the specification states that the patent “relates to apparatus and method for positioning a patient and and/or a secondary imaging coil inside a primary imaging coil.” Figure 25 of the ‘877 Patent is shown below:
Bolt MRI Technologies’ lawsuit alleges that the Defendants’ Upright Multi-Position MRI and Stand-Up MRI products infringe claims 1-3, 7-8, 11-12, and 15-17 of the ‘877 Patent. In addition to direct infringement, the complaint alleges that the Defendants are liable for indirect infringement and contributory infringement, by providing and/or selling infringing products to customers and users of the allegedly infringing products.
In a related case, Bonutti Research Inc. filed a lawsuit against the Defendants for infringement of the ‘877 Patent. Bolt MRI Technologies’ complaint states that in the Bonutti Research lawsuit, the Defendants have asserted that Bonutti Research did not own the ‘877 patent when Bonutti Research filed its complaint against the Defendants. Accordingly, the Defendants have asserted in the Bonutti Research lawsuit that Bonutti Research had no standing to sue for alleged infringement of the ‘877 Patent.
Bolt MRI Technologies’ complaint states that after Bonutti Research filed its complaint, the ‘877 Patent was assigned to Bolt MRI Technologies. Bolt MRI Technologies’ complaint states that because the Defendants have asserted that Bonutti Research had no standing to sue the Defendants, Bolt MRI Technologies filed its complaint “in an abundance of caution…to preserve its rights to enforce the ‘877 Patent and to collect damages for the infringements of the ‘877 Patent.”