Swisslog Granted Re-examination of Carrier-Tracking Patent Awarded to Competitor

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World's leading provider of pneumatic tube systems for hospitals confident its previously-awarded patents for carrier-tracking technology will prevail.

We believe the re-exam will confirm Swisslog as having exclusive rights to the carrier-tracking technology and methods in question.

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and medication management solutions for hospitals, today announced that it has been granted a re-examination by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office of U.S. Patent 8,116,906, which is currently held by Baltimore-based Pevco Systems International, Inc.

The patent in question deals with technologies and methods of tracking carriers as they move through a pneumatic tube system (PTS). A carrier is a reusable polycarbonate container that holds and protects small medical items sent through a PTS.

“We have invested heavily in carrier-tracking and RFID technology, realizing this is a critically important issue to our hospitals clients,” said Mike Hoganson, president of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions North America. “Accordingly, we have spent tremendous time and effort in securing patent-protection for these proprietary technologies and methods, which we developed long before our competitors. We believe the re-exam will confirm Swisslog as having exclusive rights to the carrier-tracking technology and methods in question.”

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and medication management systems in more than 3,000 hospitals around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. Swisslog offers total systems design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete supply chain management approach to the logistics challenges of hospitals. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, CO.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit http://www.swisslog.com.

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