Puritan Medical Products  

31 School Street
PO Box 149
Guilford,  ME  04443

United States
http://www.puritanmedproducts.com
  • Booth: 3749

Puritan Medical Products is the leading US manufacturer of quality single-use medical and diagnostic devices, specializing in specimen collection. Products include an extensive line of tipped applicators such as our patented PurFlock Ultra® and HydraFlock® for superior specimen collection and release, as well as traditional tip materials such as spun polyester, rayon, knit polyester, foam and microfiber. For clinical and diagnostic testing, Puritan's Opti-Swab®, UniTranz-RT™ and Opti-Tranz™ transport systems are a convenient and reliable choice for bacteriological and viral specimen collection and transport. ESK® and Enviromax® serve the need for environmental surface testing. Customization and contract filling is also available.


 Press Releases

  • GUILFORD, Maine, March 7/9, 2016/PRNewswire/ -- Puritan Medical Products Co. LLC, an American manufacturer of single­-use medical, diagnostic, forensic and critical environment products for the global market, was awarded two U.S. patents for their HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® swabs, issued March 1 and 8, respectively.

    The patent numbers are as follows:

    HydraFlock® swab: 9,279,747
    PurFlock Ultra® swab: 9,274,029

    Puritan’s latest patents cover both flocked product lines and related products, as well as methods of manufacturing and methods of using the products.  Puritan’s previous US Patent numbers (HydraFlock 8,334,134) and (Purflock Ultra 8,420,385) covers additional aspects of the products themselves as well as for the unique manufacturing methods involved.

    “The HydraFlock® swab is our high­ performance product and our manufacturing process is unlike any other,” said Puritan Executive Vice President of Sales Timothy Templet. “Specifically engineered for a wide range of biological specimens, HydraFlock®’s unique three­ dimensional microstructure design facilitates greater specimen collection and complete elution."
    Templet continued, “the PurFlock Ultra® swab is an ideal choice in flocked swabs with excellent absorption and elution of specimens, and its high purity characteristics make it an ideal swab for sensitive rapid diagnostic tests. PurFlock Ultra® is ideal for PCR, molecular assays, DFA testing, forensic applications, and direct antigen testing.”

    Puritan Medical Products has expanded rapidly over the last few years, as a direct result of the company’s effort to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare, forensic, food safety, and drug manufacturing industries. Puritan now manufactures more than 40 types of swabs, which include the PurFlock® and HydraFlock® lines, all of which are manufactured in Guilford, Maine by American workers.

    About Puritan
    Puritan Medical Products Co., LLC is North America’s largest manufacturer of single-use medical products and diagnostic products. All Puritan products are manufactured at their Guilford, Maine, U.S. facility, which includes custom media manufacturing and compounding capability to meet a multitude of customer needs. Puritan operates a state-of-the-art microbiology laboratory that conforms to stringent U.S. quality system regulations. This lab is where all Puritan’s research and development as well as product testing, approval, and release take place.


    To view the full releases click below:
    HydraFlock
    PurFlock Ultra

  • February 25, 2016 | GUILFORD, ME (U.S.) – Puritan Medical Products, North America’s largest manufacturer of swabs and specimen collection devices, is pleased to announce Opti-Tranz™ and Opti-Tranz™ Plus, a brand new line of traditional liquid and agar gel collection and transport systems for bacteriological applications.

    Available with a variety of tips and handles, this system pairs traditional transport medium options with innovative swab technologies to facilitate the collection of specimens from various sites of a patient.

    The Opti-Tranz™ Plus line is the only one of one of its kind to pair innovative flocked swab technology with traditional liquid mediums.

    “The development of Opti-Tranz™ came from a desire to better serve our customers,” said Timothy Templet Executive VP of Global Sales. “Puritan has always focused on innovation and advancement, but these more traditional mediums were a hole in our product catalog that our customers wanted to see addressed. You asked, and we answered.”

    With the introduction of this new line, Puritan has further expanded its extensive line of specimen collection devices to make their products more universally accessible and useful. Now Puritan customers can purchase all their specimen collection tools from the same place.

    To view the release, click here.

    About Puritan
    Puritan Medical Products Co., LLC, is an American company known worldwide as the trusted manufacturer of single-use products for the healthcare, diagnostic, forensic, critical environment, food safety, and drug manufacturing industries. Puritan manufactures all of its flocked swab products in their Guilford, ME, U.S. facility.

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    June 17, 2015 | GUILFORD, ME (U.S.) – On June 3rd, 2015, in the oral hearing before the Board of Appeals of the European Patent Office (EPO), the EPO has issued its final decision regarding Copan’s European Patent EP 1 608 268 B1 (“EP’268”). The Board of Appeals of the EPO confirmed that Copan’s EP’268 is only valid in a scope which is substantially narrower than the claim set as originally granted(1). 

    This decision marks the EPO’s final and binding decision on the validity and the narrowed down scope of EP’268.

    In the aftermath of this decision, Copan is now bound to the scope of EP’268, which is substantially narrower than originally claimed and can no longer be broadened.

    Most importantly, claim 1 of EP’268 contains, amongst others, the following features (emphasis added):

    • said fiber covers said tip in the form of a layer having uniform thickness
    • deposited by flocking in an ordered arrangement of the fiber normal to the surface of the tip of the rod.

    Puritan’s HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® flocked swab products are flocked differently and do not have Copan’s claimed fiber arrangement. “We are pleased to confirm that our flocked specimen collection devices do not infringe on the recent news of Copan's final patent announcement,” said Timothy Templet, Puritan’s EVP of Global Sales. “With regard to the EPO's recent decision, we are more convinced than ever that Puritan's advanced flocked swab technology does not infringe Copan's EP'268 and provides customers with cutting edge technology in the field of flocked swabs".

    As already reported in one of our press releases in 2014, this was unambiguously made clear by statements of the District Court Düsseldorf in an oral hearing on June 24, 2014 (case no. 4b O 176/12). The Düsseldorf Court is often considered the most important European court for the enforcement of patent rights.

    In this case, Copan had asserted German Utility Model(2)  DE 20 2004 021 787 U1 (“DE’787”) before the Düsseldorf Court.

    As both EP’268 and DE’787 contain these narrow features because both rights relate to the same invention and Copan is now bound to the final decision of the Board of Appeals of the EPO, it can be concluded that Puritan’s HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® flocked swabs are also outside the scope of Copan’s European Patent.

    Since all of Copan’s German Utility Models relating to flocked swabs(3) have expired at the end of March 2014 and are irrelevant for sales in Germany from that date forward, Puritan’s German customers have freedom to operate.

    About Puritan
    Puritan Medical Products Co, LLC is North America’s largest manufacturer of single-use medical and diagnostics products. All products are manufactured at their Guilford, ME, U.S. facility, which includes custom media manufacturing and compounding capability to meet a multitude of customer needs.

    For More Information Contact:
    Timothy Templet, Executive VP of Global Sales
    +1.207.876.3311

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    (1) EP’268 was challenged in Opposition Proceedings at the European Patent Office. The Opposition Division significantly narrowed the scope of EP’268 from what had originally been granted. The decision of the Board of Appeals ends the entire proceedings before the EPO.

    (2) German utility models can provide rights similar to patent rights except legal proceedings may begin before a patent office examiner ever looks at the substance of the utility model for validity. That is what happened here.

    (3) DE 202004021787 U1; DE 202004021907; DE 202004021908 U1; U1DE 202004021930 U1; DE 202004021932 U1

  • October 21, 2015 | GUILFORD, ME (U.S.) – Puritan is pleased to announce that the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) has handed Puritan and its customers a win in cancellation proceedings initiated on Puritan’s behalf against Copan’s utility model DE 20 2004 021 932 U1 (DE’932). Specifically, in DE File No. 20 2004 021 932.8, the GPTO has declared DE’932 invalid for its entire term, effectively erasing the patent as if it never existed. This means Copan may not base any claims on any alleged infringement of DE’932. 

    Copan also has to bear the costs of the cancellation proceedings. Copan may appeal the decision.

    This is yet another decisive setback for Copan. Last year, the District Court in Düsseldorf decided that Puritan’s HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® swabs do not infringe another Copan utility model, DE 20 2004 021 930 U1. The claims of DE’930 are limited to fibers having a linear mass density in a specified range. The Düsseldorf Court unambiguously held that the fibers in Puritan’s HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® swabs do not meet this limitation. The case is currently under appeal before the Court of Appeals in Düsseldorf (docket number I-2 U 46/14).

    In any event, all of Copan’s German utility models relating to flocked swabs expired by the end of March 2014. Copan thus cannot seek to enjoin any sales based on these utility models or damages for any sales after that date. The effect of the decisions above is that Copan also cannot seek damages even for sales before March 2014 based on DE’930 or DE’932 once the decisions become final.

    This latest decision further reinforces that Puritan and Puritan’s customers are free to sell Puritan’s HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® flocked swabs in Europe without interference from Copan’s European patent or expired utility models.

    About Puritan
    Puritan Medical Products Co., LLC, is an American company known worldwide as the trusted manufacturer of single-use products for the healthcare, diagnostic, forensic, critical environment, food safety, and drug manufacturing industries. Puritan manufactures all of its flocked swab products in their Guilford, ME, U.S. facility.

    For More Information Contact
    Timothy Templet
    Executive VP of Global Sales
    +1.207.876.3311


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