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Sage Products in Cary files lawsuit against SwipeSense

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Disposable health care product manufacturer Sage Products his suing Evanston-based SwipeSense, Inc., claiming the company's hand hygiene products infringe on Sage patents.

The lawsuit. filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges SwipeSense's Hand Hygiene 2.0 compliance monitoring system and products for hand hygiene infringes Sage's United States Patent No. 6,392,546. Sage also claims it has suffered irreparable harm as a result of the alleged infringement and seeks a permanent injunction against SwipeSense.

The requested injunction would prevent SwipeSense from manufacturing, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing into the United States its Hand Hygiene 2.0 compliance monitoring system and products. Sage also seeks a recovery of monetary damages resulting from SwipeSense for past infringement of Sage's patent and all legal fees and costs incurred as a result of its enforcement effort.

"Sage is at the forefront of changing hand hygiene behavior and improving patient safety in health care facilities. Our system is the truly viable and proven solution clinicians have been looking for," said Jim Layer, vice president of product development for Sage Products. "We intend to aggressively defend our substantial patent portfolio, which covers the essential products and methods to monitor hand hygiene compliance by health care workers."

SwipeSense is an Evanston-based company founded in 2012 by Northwestern University graduates Mert Iseri and Yuri Malina, according to the company website.

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