REDMOND, Washington, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington based Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. (PBL) and Riverside (California) based Pretika Corporation recently announced a settlement of the lawsuit pending between them. In the settlement agreement, Pretika agreed to redesign certain models sold in the United States. Other terms of the settlement agreement remain confidential.
The lawsuit, which included patent infringement claims and invalidity counterclaims, was pending in federal court in Seattle. PBL manufacturers and markets the Clarisonic® sonic skin care products.
In the settlement, Pretika acknowledged the validity of PBL's patent U.S. Patent 7,320,691, entitled "Apparatus and Method for Acoustical/Mechanical Treatment of Early Stage Acne". The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office closed its reexamination of the '691 patent in July, confirming the original 52 claims and declaring an additional 12 claims sought by PBL as patentable.
Pacific Bioscience Laboratories developed patents on its pioneering innovations that deliver sophisticated, sonic technology to its Clarisonic Skin Care System, the encore innovation from the primary inventor of Sonicare®, transforming the way people care for their skin. These patents are important to Clarisonic's success and reflect 8 years invested in research and development, as they allow for a premium user experience in cleansing, stimulating and clarifying the skin.
"We've worked hard to develop new breakthrough technology," said David Giuliani, CEO, Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. "As a company established by a team of scientists and engineers, we understand the paramount importance of establishing and protecting our intellectual property."
About Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc.
Pacific Bioscience Laboratories Inc. is a leading innovator in sonic skin care and the creator of the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System, the first professional-caliber sonic skin care system for healthy, younger-looking skin and the cleansing standard of renowned spas, leading dermatologists and beauty retailers nationwide. The encore innovation from the primary inventor of Sonicare®, Clarisonic represents Pacific Bioscience Laboratories' ongoing mission to develop and market technically advanced and clinically proven products that make a clear difference in skin care. Clarisonic is distributed through dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, spas and prestige retailers such as Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ulta, Beauty.com and SkinStore.com. Clarisonic has been acknowledged as a beauty award winner by magazines such as Allure, InStyle, Shape, Women's Health and by retailers QVC and Sephora. In December 2011, Clarisonic was acquired by L'Oreal USA, and is housed in the portfolio of brands in the L'Oreal Luxury Product Division. For more information, visit the Clarisonic website at www.clarisonic.com.
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