Zecotek Announces Markman Hearing Date for Patent Lawsuit Against Saint-Gobain
Corporation and Philips
SINGAPORE, May 28, 2013
SINGAPORE, May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX-V: ZMS;
Frankfurt: W1I), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for
medical, industrial and scientific markets, today announced that the claim
construction hearing, also called a Markman hearing, for Zecotek Imaging
Systems Pte Ltd.'s legal action against defendants Saint-Gobain Corporation
and Philips will be held on July 2, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Sara
Lioi. During the Markman hearing, the court will hear arguments regarding the
language and interpretation of the Zecotek patent at issue in the case. The
hearing is considered a critical event in a patent lawsuit as it will define
the property rights for the substances and chemical formulations of Zecotek's
LFS scintillation crystals.
"We welcome the Markman hearing as our legal action against Saint-Gobain and
Philips for infringing on our LFS scintillation crystal patent moves forward,"
said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc.
"We will continue to vigorously enforce our intellectual property rights to
recover the significant damages afflicted on Zecotek and our shareholders."
U.S. Patent # 7,132,060 was granted to Zecotek on November 6, 2006, and covers
the substances and chemical formulations used to grow lutetium fine silicate
(LFS) scintillation crystals. LFS scintillation crystals are characterized by
their combined high-light yield and ultra-fast decay times and are used in
medical scanning devices, high-energy science experiments, and other
industrial and security applications. The lawsuit alleges that Saint-Gobain's
LYSO crystals infringe Zecotek's patent, and that Philips infringes by using
those crystals in the positron emission tomography medical scanning devices it
Additionally, Zecotek accuses Saint-Gobain and Philips of willful
Zecotek is joined by its exclusive licensee for certain LFS crystals, Beijing
Opto-Electronics Technology Co. Ltd., as co-plaintiff. Zecotek is being
represented by Thomas Loop of Loop Intellectual Property Law and Justin Nelson
of Susman Godfrey LLP. Both firms are recognized leaders in patent law and
intellectual property litigation matters.
Zecotek Photonics Inc (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I) is a photonics technology
company developing high-performance scintillation crystals, photo detectors,
positron emission tomography scanning technologies, 3D auto-stereoscopic
displays, and lasers for applications in medical, high-tech and industrial
sectors. Founded in 2004, Zecotek operates three divisions: Imaging Systems,
Laser Systems and 3D Display Systems with labs located in Canada, Korea,
Russia, Singapore and U.S.A. The management team is focused on building
shareholder value by commercializing over 50 patented and patent pending novel
photonic technologies directly and through strategic alliances and joint
ventures with leading industry partners such as the European Organization for
Nuclear Research (Switzerland), Beijing Opto-Electronics Technology Co. Ltd.
(China), NuCare Medical Systems (South Korea), National NanoFab Center (South
Korea) and Anteryon BV (Netherlands). For more information, visit
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