Cynosure Announces Settlement of Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Tria Beauty

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(Dec. 20, 2013)  Cynosure, Inc., which according to its website develops and markets laser- and light-based aesthetic treatment systems for high-volume applications, announced that it will receive $10 million plus future royalty payments under a settlement agreement with Tria Beauty, Inc.  The settlement ends the patent infringement litigation between Tria and Palomar Medical Technologies, which Cynosure acquired in June 2013.  According to the press release, the settlement includes two non-exclusive patent license agreements between Cynosure and Tria.   The first agreement reportedly grants Tria non-exclusive, worldwide licenses to U.S. Patent Nos. 5,735,844, titled “Hair Removal using Optical Pulses,” and 5,595,568, titled “Permanent Hair Removal using Optical Pulses,” and their foreign counterparts.  The second agreement reportedly grants Tria non-exclusive, worldwide licenses to U.S. Patent Nos. 8,182,473, 8,328,794, and 8,328,796, for consumer hair removal products.  The press release states:

“This agreement resolves the litigation involving certain Palomar patents, eliminating potential future legal expense to enforce those patents,” said Michael R. Davin, Cynosure’s President and CEO.  “Equally important, the settlement fully values our intellectual property rights by fairly compensating Cynosure and its shareholders for sales of products based on our proprietary hair-removal technology.”

According to its website, Cynosure is based in Westford, Massachusetts.

Christie Matthaei
Christie Matthaei is an associate in our Seattle office. Ms. Matthaei represents various clients in all aspects of intellectual property disputes, with a focus on patent litigation. Ms. Matthaei also counsels clients on pre-litigation matters, including analyzing patent infringement and validity. Ms. Matthaei earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Journal. During her time in law school, Ms. Matthaei interned for the White House, working in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to law school, Ms. Matthaei worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a chemical engineer on projects related to alternative energy and green chemicals. Ms. Matthaei obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. Ms. Matthaei was a summer associate in 2010 and joined the firm as an associate in 2011.
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