Telehealth Patent Disputes Involving 20/20 Vision Center and DigitalOptometrics Are Resolved

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NEW YORK—A Federal Court has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit involving telehealth technologies brought by 20/20 Vision Center against DigitalOptometrics. 20/20 Vision Center does business as 2020Now. The patent infringement suit was discontinued by 20/20 Vision with prejudice, according to papers filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Of New York on May 12. The suit’s dismissal following a ruling adverse to 20/20 Vision in a parallel case which 20/20 Vision brought against Vision Precision Holdings and others involving the same patents.

A judgment of non-infringement was entered by the U.S. District Court of Florida and, on appeal by 20/20 Vision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment of the District Court of non-infringement.

In another patent dispute between the two companies, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled in April that key claims in DigitalOptometrics’s U.S. Patent No. 9,980,644 are unpatentable. The decision invalidates the patent, which describes a remote eye testing system. The claims had been challenged by 2020 Vision.

DigitalOptometrics holds other patents and has several additional patent applications pending.