Patent violation lawsuit filed against OHSU

Lawsuit alleges OHSU infringed on a cooling system patent

OHSU in Portland, Jan. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
OHSU in Portland, Jan. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Delaware company filed a patent violation lawsuit against Oregon Health & Science University on Saturday.

In the lawsuit, IT Aire said OHSU violated a patent it holds on a cooling system the company manufactures.

The company designs and manufactures “efficient cooling systems” that are made to keep data centers chilled. IT Aire said it installed one of its cooling systems at the Gresham City Hall Data Center, which led to the center using 78.5 percent less energy than the system it previously had.

On December 1, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to IT Aire called “Systems and Methods for Cooling Data Centers and other Electronic Equipment” or “The ‘578 Patent,” the lawsuit states.

IT Aire said OHSU had knowledge of its the ‘578 Patent as early as April. On April 20, 2016, IT Aire’s representatives spoke with OHSU to inform the university it had violated the ‘578 Patent with its recently built data center called the “Data Dome,” according to court records.

OHSU has a video tour of the Data Dome on its website that shows how the center’s cooling system works, and IT Aire’s lawsuit claims that cooling system infringes on its ‘578 Patent.

The Delaware corporation said it has sustained damages as a result of OHSU’s alleged patent violations and has asked the court to permanently enjoin OHSU from further infringing on the patent.

IT Aire wants a judgment awarding “all damages adequate to compensate for OHSU’s infringement of the ‘578 Patent.”

Court records show that the case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Paul Papak.

OHSU declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The full lawsuit can be viewed below.

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