Safe Life Settles Fight Over 3M Respirator Patents

Law360, New York (November 17, 2010, 5:29 PM EST) -- Safe Life Corp. has reached a deal in a suit brought by 3M Co. over respiratory technology, acknowledging that certain of its respirators infringe the asserted patents.

Judge Patrick Schlitz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota signed off Nov. 11 on a consent judgment stipulating that Safe Life’s T-3000, T-5000 and T-5000V respirators sold prior to Nov. 1 infringe 3M’s patents for respirators made with an electrically charged filtering material.

The agreement puts an end to 3M’s allegations that Safe Life and...
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