SonoSite, Zonare Clash Over Ultrasound Patent

Law360, New York (February 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Two companies that manufacture compact ultrasound systems are squaring off in a California court over a patent that covers a portable ultrasound unit weighing less than 10 pounds.

Bothell, Wa.-based SonoSite Inc. filed a patent infringement suit Wednesday against Mountain View, Ca.-based Zonare Medical Systems Inc., alleging that Zonare’s “z.one” ultrasound platform infringes a SonoSite patent.

Zonare touts its z.one platform as the world’s first convertible ultrasound system, and says it can be transformed from a cart-based system into a compact system that performs as well...
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