27 June 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Poly Medicure wins European patent challenge

Indian medical device manufacturer Poly Medicure has beaten UK-based rival B Braun in a patent dispute at the European Patent Office (EPO).

B Braun had claimed that intravenous catheters sold by Poly Medicure were infringing its patents. But, the EPO ruled in favour of Poly Medicure and revoked B Braun’s patent, marking the third and final time the company has had a patent relating to its intravenous catheters revoked.

In a statement, Himanshu Baid, managing director of Poly Medicure said that the ruling would allow the company to “freely operate in the European market”.

Rishi Baid, executive director of Poly Medicure, said B Braun had attempted to broaden the patent and claim much more than the patent actually covered.

Poly Medicure’s catheters offer a needle guard that protects doctors and nursing staff when withdrawing the needle from a patient's arm.

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