Jury Finds X-Ray Products Infringe High-Voltage Transformer Patent

January 14, 2016 – On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, a North Carolina jury found that X-Ray machines manufactured by Drgem Corp. and sold by Blue Ridge X-Ray Co. Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,642,829 (the “’829 patent”).  The ’829 patent, titled “High-voltage transformer” is owned by Sociedad Espanola De Electromedicina Y Calidad SA (“Sedecal”), a Spanish company that designs and manufactures medical X-ray systems.  The patent claims to reduce the size and price of high-voltage transformers.

The court has bifurcated the trial into two phases – liability and damages/willfulness.  The Wednesday jury decision concluded the first phase of the trial whereas the remaining questions of damages and willfulness will be decided by a second trial to begin on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

The case is docketed as Case No. 1:10-cv-00159 in the Western District of North Carolina.

By: Ketan V. Patel