November 2, 2015 — The Court denied Plaintiff Mobile Medical International Corporation (“MMIC”) its two motions for summary judgment on grounds of noninfringement and invalidity. The patent-at-issue is U.S. Patent No. 4,915,435 (the “’435 Patent”), titled “Mobile Operating Room with Pre- and Post- Operational Areas.” The defendants in the suit are Advanced Mobile Hospital Systems, Inc., and Tractus Medical, Inc., which owns the patent-at-issue.
In regards to noninfringement, the Court found that MMIC’s two claims that its products “(1) were not self-contained and mobile, and (2) did not satisfy the relevant codes as defined in the Court’s Markman ruling,” were called into question by “MMIC’s own materials.” Further, the defendant’s patent was not invalid as anticipated or obvious, because “the ’435 Patent was recently reexamined by the PTO, and is presumed valid.” Additionally, “[w]hile the prior art identified by MMIC certainly depicted similar designs, a reasonable jury could conclude that the prior art was not ‘identical in all material respects.’”
The case is captioned Mobile Med. Int’l Corp. v. Advanced Mobile Hosp. Sys., Inc. and Tractus Med., Inc., 2:07-cv-231, and was before the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.
By: Katherine E. Adams