REDMOND, Washington, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — 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
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 .
SOURCE Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc.