Ear specialist Cochlear (ASX:COH) has announced that a complaint for patent infringement has been filed by the University of Pittsburgh in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco division.
The release explains that the complaint names Cochlear and USA subsidiaries Cochlear Americas Corporation and Cochlear Clinical Services, LLC as defendants.
Cochlear believes the complaint is invalid as its legacy products and related patents predate the University’s patent by several years. The patent in question relates to a wireless energy transfer system that was filed at the US Patent Office in 2009 and will expire in 2030, according to Cochlear. The company advised that the lawsuit is not expected to disrupt the business or customers in the US.
Shares in Cochlear (ASX:COH) are trading 5.3 per cent lower at $224.51.