In what some have called a David vs. Goliath battle, Seattle-area medical device repair company Summit Imaging is firing back at Philips after the medical giant accused it of hacking into its systems and stealing trade secrets.
In recent court filings, Summit Imaging asks a federal judge in Seattle to dismiss all claims made by Philips in a lawsuit filed in October. Philips alleged that Summit built software designed to hack into its ultrasound machines and other devices as a way to get around stringent access controls regulating how the hardware can be used.
Summit disputes the characterization of its repair method as “hacking,” and denies that it distributes or makes copies of modified Philips ultrasound systems. The 14-year-old company, based in Woodinville, Wash., accuses Philips of engaging in anti-competitive and exclusionary conduct, as well as misusing copyrights.
“Philips has recognized that consumers’ preference for Summit’s services in the market for repair and maintenance services of Philips Ultrasound Machines will negatively impact Philips’ ability to generate revenue in this market,” Summit says in a court filing.
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