Given Imaging wins capsule endoscopy patent suit

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The Regional Court in Duesseldorf, Germany, has ruled that the MiroCam capsule endoscopy system manufactured by IntroMedic of South Korea infringes two patents held by Given Imaging.

The court's rulings allow Yoqneam, Israel-based Given to prevent IntroMedic's distributor, Medwork Medicinal Products and Services of Höchstadt, Germany, from selling the current model of the MiroCam capsule and MiroView software in Germany.

Medwork has appealed the ruling. Separate proceedings attempting to invalidate these patents were initiated by IntroMedic and its German distributor and are pending before the German Federal Patent Court.

"We will continue to vigorously defend our intellectual property rights worldwide," said Homi Shamir, president and CEO of Given.