Cranial Technologies Sues Ottobock for Infringement of Cranial Remodeling Patents

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Cranial Technologies, Inc. sued Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA and Active Life LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on March 29, 2023.  The lawsuit alleges that Ottobock’s MyCRO Band and iFab system infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,242,798, titled “Automatic Selection of Cranial Remodeling Device Configuration,” which issued in 2007; and U.S. Patent No. 7,227,979, titled “Automatic Selection of Cranial Remodeling Device Trim Lines,” which issued in 2007.  Below is an example figure from U.S. Patent No. 7,242,798:


Cranial Technologies also alleges that Ottobock’s MyCRO Band and iFab system infringe U.S. Patent No. 10,603,203, titled “Custom Cranial Remodeling Devices Manufactured By Additive Manufacture,” which issued in 2020; U.S. Patent No. 10,846,925 titled “Method of Manufacture of Custom Cranial Remodeling Devices By Additive Manufacture,” which issued in 2020; and U.S. Patent No. 10,726,617, titled “Method of Manufacture of Custom Headwear by Additive Manufacturing,” which issued in 2020.  Below is an example figure from U.S. Patent No. 10,603,203:


Cranial Technologies is an Arizona corporation, Ottobock is a German corporation, and Active Life is a Delaware company.  The lawsuit asserts that Ottobock sold the infringing products to Active Life, and that Active Life operates under Ottobock’s direction and control and for Ottobock’s direct benefit.  Cranial Technologies has not previously filed any lawsuits against either Ottobock or Active Life.  The case docket is available here.

Adam Copeland
Adam Copeland is an associate based in the firm's San Diego office. Adam graduated cum laude from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 2022, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in physics from Montana State University in 2019. While in law school, Adam primarily enjoyed engaging with first-year law students as a legal writing teaching assistant, helping them hone their skills in factual analysis and legal writing. Adam was also fortunate to have worked closely for two federal judges during law school: once as an intern for the Honorable Roseann A. Ketchmark in the Western District of Missouri, and once as an extern for the Honorable Nancy J. Rosenstengle in the Southern District of Illinois. While serving as primary editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Adam received a Mary Collier Hitchcock prize for outstanding writing for his note regarding the problem of—and potential solutions to—frivolous lawsuits filed in the intellectual property field. Adam joined the firm in 2022.
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