|[August 22, 2013]
USPTO Validates, Adds to Bal Seal Patent for Medical Connectors
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
With its issuance of an official "Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate"
earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has confirmed
the validity of a patent held by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. for the use
of a Canted Coil Spring-based electrical connector in active implantable
medical devices. The move re-affirms the USPTO's December 2004 granting
of U.S. Patent #6,835,084 B2 to Bal Seal, a California-based designer
and manufacturer of medical connectors and connector systems.
According to the August 1, 2013 Certificate, the USPTO not only
confirmed un-amended original claims in the patent for medically
implantable electrical connectors, it also allowed an additional 39
claims based on submissions presented by the company. The Certificate
effectively strengthens the scope of the patent for medical connectors
and adds claims to Bal Seal's portfolio, which includes latching,
holding and locking patents, for active implantables.
Bal Seal President and CEO Rick Dawson says he is "pleased with the
detrmination," adding that it underscores his company's role in
developing standard-setting technology used worldwide for making
connections in implantable devices.
"It's an affirmation of our patent," says Dawson of the Certificate,
"but it's also an acknowledgment of the fact that our spring-based
connectors have been and will continue to be the product of innovation,
not duplication. We're pleased to have a validation of the value that
our engineering work and experience have brought to this industry."
Bal Seal's offering for medical implantables consists of several spring
and groove configurations, as well as Bal Conn™ electrical connectors,
which consist of a Bal Seal Canted Coil Spring® retained in a housing
made from biocompatible metals. The company also offers its SYGNUS®
Implantable Contact System, which packages Bal Conn connectors and
precision-engineered silicone seals in a pre-tested "stack" that reduces
development time and costs for device makers. Bal Seal medical
connectors are used in the header cavity of implantable devices, where
critical connections are made to ensure the reliable, consistent
delivery of electrical therapies to the heart, spine, brain and other
areas of the body.
About Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. is a global provider of custom-engineered
sealing, connecting, conducting and EMI shielding solutions for industry
worldwide. The company's products employ unique Bal Seal Canted Coil
Spring® technology for enhanced equipment performance and reliability.
For information about Bal Seal products and services, visit www.balseal.com,
e-mail email@example.com, or call
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