Federal Circuit Confirms Validity of Key InTouch Health Patents

Santa Barbara, CA, May 21, 2014 – InTouch Health today announced that in its patent litigation with VGo Communications, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the trial court’s findings of invalidity on two key patents. The Federal Circuit confirmed the validity of InTouch Health’s U.S. patent nos. 6,925,357 and 7,593,030, which are directed to systems and methods for arbitrating access to remote presence telemedicine robots among multiple doctors and advanced practice clinicians. 

A number of InTouch Health patents and pending applications are related to the ‘357 and ‘030 patents.  The Federal Circuit’s decision strengthens the validity of this entire patent family.  Moreover, InTouch Health recently prevailed on appeal in several patent reexaminations before the U.S. Patent Office that were requested by VGo. The U.S. Patent Office confirmed U.S. patent nos. 7,222,000, 7,289,883, and 7,310,570 while a fourth reexamination remains pending. These patents protect a variety of features that are fundamental to making remote presence telemedicine robots commercially viable. 

Yulun Wang, Ph.D., InTouch Health’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The Company’s intellectual property portfolio now consists of more than 120 patents issued and pending.  While the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit did not find reversible error in the trial court’s judgment of non-infringement, the validation of our patents by the Federal Circuit and the Patent Office further strengthens our growing patent portfolio. Additionally, we are confident that as remote presence telemedicine is more broadly adopted, the need to arbitrate user access among multiple doctors, healthcare professionals, and family and friends will be key to conducting successful remote presence sessions. The Company has invested more than a decade and tens of millions of dollars to create this market.  To protect that investment, we will defend our intellectual property rights vigorously.”

About InTouch Health

InTouch Health is a leading provider of acute care telemedicine solutions for high-acuity applications where doctors are required to take immediate clinical action. The InTouch Telemedicine System is the industry’s only fully integrated end-to-end solution encompassing clinical data management, medical imaging, 24/7 technical support, clinical consulting services and the SureConnect® cloud-based  infrastructure. By removing time and distance barriers, this System effectively enables physicians to perform real-time consults with hospital patients through a host of FDA-cleared telemedicine devices. Deployed at more than 1,000 hospitals on six continents, the InTouch Telemedicine System is now in use by 15% of all U.S. hospitals.