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Draeger counters patent allegations

Nov. 21, 2008, Pittsburgh - Draeger Safety, Inc. is countering what it believes are unsubstantiated allegations from Sperian Respiratory Protection USA (formerly Bacou-Dalloz USA) of a patent infringement on the popular Draeger PSS7000 SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) used by firefighters.

November 21, 2008 
By Draeger Safety Inc.

has a strong respect for intellectual property rights but believes that this
lawsuit is meritless as it alleges that the
PSS7000 SCBA infringes Sperian


U.S. Patent No. 6.091,331.

On Nov. 3,
Draeger filed an answer and counterclaim to Sperian’s


stating that the 331 patent is invalid and not infringed. The complaint

was filed
in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Sept. 11.
These papers are publicly available and can be provided upon request.

firefighter community has already concluded that the Draeger
PSS 7000

the best in class SCBA. See Phoenix Fire Test (visit
Draeger’s innovative compliant-design

shows its in-depth understanding of firefighter requirements and design

Draeger focuses on providing high quality safety products for firefighter

with its new 2007 NFPA Compliant, SCBA. Draeger is confident in the

and uniqueness of the
PSS7000 SCBA and therefore will continue to

make the
SCBA available to the firefighting community.

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