Exergen Sues Microlife for Patent Infringement – Manufacturer of Vicks and Braun Forehead Thermometers Marketed by Kaz USA, Inc

Watertown, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

WATERTOWN, Mass., Nov. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Exergen Corporation, headquartered in Watertown, MA, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against Microlife Corporation of Taipei, Taiwan, the manufacturer of the Vicks Forehead Thermometer and the Braun Forehead Thermometer, alleging that Microlife has infringed United States Patent No. 7,346,386  (‘386 patent) owned by Exergen. The lawsuit alleges that Defendant Microlife has made infrared thermometers that infringe the ‘386 patent and caused such thermometers to be used, offered for sale, and sold in the United States. Thermometers sold by Kaz USA, Inc, under the name Vicks Forehead Thermometer and Braun Forehead Thermometer have been accused of infringement. Kaz USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Helen of Troy, Ltd. of Hamilton Bermuda.

A recognized world leader in medical and industrial non-invasive temperature technologies, Exergen has been developing and patenting its non-invasive thermometer technology for three decades. The company’s Founder and President Francesco Pompei, Ph.D, also a Harvard research scientist, is the inventor of over 60 issued United States patents. 

“I began working on heat-sensing technology back in 1980;” says Dr. Pompei, “and since then have developed non-invasive temperature sensors that are used in a multitude of applications, from home and professional medical thermometers to heat sensors used by NASA.” Dr. Pompei adds, “Filing this Complaint was predicated on the importance of protecting our breakthrough technology and our rapidly growing company.”

Exergen’s patented award-winning TemporalScannerTM temporal artery thermometers are manufactured in Watertown, MA from components and materials sourced world-wide. They are relied upon for fast, accurate, non-invasive temperatures in thousands of hospitals and clinics and millions of homes. With home models being sold in Costco, Walmart, Walgreens, Target, Babies R US and Toys R Us, and other retailers, it is #1 thermometer in retail sales. With more than 50 published clinical studies attesting to accuracy for all ages and all areas of medical care, the Exergen TemporalScanner is the #1 thermometer in proven accuracy, and the #1 preference of pediatricians, nurses, and moms.

Exergen is asking the Court to enjoin the defendant from further infringement of its patents and award damages resulting from the infringement.


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