Medical device maker ConforMIS filed a counter-suit against a patent holder and a patent management firm, claiming the pair used disingenuous means to acquire information in support of an infringement case against the company.
Massachusetts-based ConforMIS claimed that Acacia Research, acting on behalf of client and inventor Peter Bonutti, access the company’s online Surgeon Resource Center and other corporate portals in order to gather ammunition for a patent infringement lawsuit over knee arthroplasty methods.
Acacia Research engineering vice president Phillip Mitchell allegedly logged onto the ConforMIS websites and accessed confidential business documents just days before filing a lawsuit accusing ConforMIS and its iUni G2 Unicompartmental Knee Resurfacing System of patent infringement, ConforMIS claimed.
ConforMIS claimed that Mitchell logged in under the guise of an authorized entity and used information gathered there to encourage Bonutti and his holding company to file a patent infringement lawsuit.
About 3 months later, Bonutti Skeletal filed a lawsuit against ConforMIS in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, according to the complaint.
ConforMIS is further calling for a judgment of unfair and deceptive trade practices by Acacia Research, according to legal documents.