IRVINE, Calif., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:PSTX, OTCQB:PSTX) today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against ClearCount Medical Solutions in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, asserting a claim against ClearCount for infringement of United States Patent No. 5,931,824 entitled "Identification and Accountability System for Surgical Sponges." Patient Safety's claims are based on ClearCount's sale of its SmartSponge Flex and SmartSponge System products which are alleged to infringe the '824 Patent. Patient Safety seeks injunctive relief and damages as remedies for the infringement.
"We will not accept the violation of our intellectual property and intend on pursuing appropriate legal action against those we believe are doing so," stated Brian E. Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc.
About Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. and SurgiCount MedicalPatient Safety Technologies, Inc., through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary SurgiCount Medical, Inc., provides the Safety-Sponge® System, a solution clinically proven to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs by helping eliminate one of the most common errors in surgery, retained surgical sponges. The market leading solution to retained sponge prevention, the Safety-Sponge® System is currently used in over 185 facilities across the U.S., including six of the 2011-2012 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll recipients.
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