QRS Diagnostic, a designer and developer of software-based medical devices, has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved a new patent on its design of medical devices contained in computer cards, including PCMCIA PC Cards and Compact Flash (CF) Cards. Patent No. 6,712,762, approved on March 30, 2004, is a continuation of Patent No. 6,159,147, which QRS received on December 12, 2000.
The new patent fortifies QRS' intellectual property rights on its computer-card medical device technology. "With our patented technology, QRS encodes the intelligence of physiological data acquisition and analysis into computer cards," says Spencer Lien, chief executive officer, QRS Diagnostic. "Our computer card devices, with integrated sensors, slide right into off-the-shelf notebook computers, Pocket PCs and PDAs. This makes them work as full-function medical devices, and that's the key to the mobility and affordability of our devices for spirometry, pulse oximetry, diagnostic electrocardiography and blood pressure monitoring."