Butterfly Network Inc. has 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.
Butterfly is shifting the health care industry from using ultrasound only in limited traditional settings, to using ultrasound information in all care settings, for any patient, and at any time, according to a news release. 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, the release states. 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.”