Ivera IV Disinfectant Cap Patents Invalid, Judge Finds

By Jeff Sistrunk (April 30, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed Ivera Medical Corp.'s patent infringement suits against three rival manufacturers over a device designed to clean intravenous valves used in medical procedures, ruling that all of the asserted patent claims are invalid as obvious.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff dismissed six consolidated actions filed by Ivera against Excelsior Medical Corp., Hospira Inc. and Catheter Connections Inc. after finding that all the asserted claims of Ivera's U.S. Patent Nos. 7,780,794, 7,985,302 and 8,206,514 are invalid in view of prior art references.

"Here, the differences between the subject sought to be patented and the prior...

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