Covidien sued for patent infringement of valve disinfection systems
Ivera Medical Corp. says Covidien's line of Kendall Disinfectant Caps infringe on 3 patents for valve cleaning systems.
Medical device giant Covidien (NYSE:COV) is at the center of a new infringement lawsuit accusing the company of violating a trio of Ivera Medical patents for technologies used to clean and disinfect certain valves and IV connectors.
The devices in question are small caps that fit over the ends of needle-less IV connectors, helping protect them from bacteria or other infectious agents and thus limiting patients' exposure to blood-borne disease. Inside the caps are small sponges containing 70% isopropyl alcohol.