Patient Safety Technologies has registered a patent infringement lawsuit against ClearCount Medical Solutions.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California, asserts claims against ClearCount for the sale of its SmartSponge Flex and SmartSponge system products which are alleged to infringe the Patent No. 5,931,824 entitled ‘Identification and Accountability System for Surgical Sponges’.

The suit seeks injunctive relief and damages as remedies for the infringement.

Patient Safety Technologies president and chief executive officer Brian Stewart said, "We will not accept the violation of our intellectual property and intend on pursuing appropriate legal action against those we believe are doing so."

The Safety-Sponge system is designed to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs by preventing retainment of foreign objects during surgeries.