FUJIFILM Sonosite has failed to innovate and now attacks Butterfly’s next generation technology; Butterfly will defend itself vigorously against the allegations
Butterfly Network, Inc. (NYSE: BFLY), a digital health company transforming care with handheld, whole-body ultrasound, today filed a motion to dismiss claims and specific patents from a complaint for patent infringement lawsuit filed on March 9, 2022, by FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc. Butterfly believes the lawsuit alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,169,108; 7,867,168; 8,128,050; 8,861,822; 9,538,985; 6,901,157; and 8,360,981, lacks merit and is meant to distract from FUJIFILM Sonosite’s failure to innovate and keep pace with Butterfly’s next generation clinical assessment platform.
As a transformative digital health company, Butterfly is shifting the healthcare industry from using ultrasound only in limited traditional settings, to using ultrasound information in all care settings, for any patient, and at any time. The company’s innovations include Butterfly iQ and iQ+, the world's first handheld, single probe whole-body ultrasound system using semiconductor technology that is transforming point of care ultrasound into an advanced clinical assessment tool, by making it intuitive, adoptable at scale, extremely portable, and economically appealing.
Butterfly will vigorously defend against FUJIFILM Sonosite’s accusations. In defending against this lawsuit, Butterfly will consider all means necessary and appropriate to eliminate obstacles to its mission to enable more informed clinical decisions for all patients worldwide.
Butterfly’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Larry Weiss said “We’re disappointed that FUJIFILM Sonosite chose this approach. We believe this litigation is an attempt by FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc. to distract from its failure to innovate and keep pace with Butterfly’s next generation clinical assessment platform. Our state of the art technology is the result of years of innovation, and is evidenced by our more than 800 patents and applications. We will continue to vigorously protect both our innovations and our intellectual property.”
Founded by Dr. Jonathan Rothberg in 2011 and listed on the New York Stock Exchange through a business combination with Longview Acquisition Corp., Butterfly created the world's first handheld, single probe whole-body ultrasound system using semiconductor technology, the Butterfly iQ+. Butterfly's mission is to democratize medical imaging and contribute to the aspiration of global health equity, making high-quality ultrasound affordable, easy-to-use, globally accessible, and intelligently connected, including for the 4.7 billion people around the world lacking access to ultrasound. Through its proprietary Ultrasound-on-Chip™ technology, Butterfly is paving the way for earlier detection and remote management of health conditions around the world. The Butterfly iQ+ can be purchased online today by healthcare practitioners in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Butterfly iQ+ is a prescription device intended for trained healthcare professionals only.
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