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Lawsuit: Electronics giant Philips accuses Seattle-area company of hacking its medical devices

Electronics giant Philips accuses a Seattle-area medical gadget restore and repair company of hacking into its imaging machines and stealing commerce secrets and techniques in a lawsuit filed this week, pitting the Netherlands-based company in opposition to a 13-year-old startup.

Philips alleges Woodinville, Wash.-based Summit Imaging constructed software program designed to hack into ultrasound machines and different devices to get round stringent entry controls that regulate how the {hardware} can be utilized. Summit markets its software program to clients — hospitals, healthcare networks, clinics, producers and extra — as a authorized option to get round restrictions firms like Philips placed on their devices, in line with the lawsuit.

“Summit is making a revenue on the expense of Philips by providing shoppers the power to make unlicensed use of Philips software program, by hacking Philips software program to allow unlicensed options that customers would in any other case need to buy individually from Philips,” in line with the lawsuit filed in federal courtroom in Seattle. “Summit then sells these providers in direct competitors with Philips, at a reduction, and is subsequently making these unauthorized adjustments for business acquire.”

Philips requires clients to purchase further software program to make completely different devices — reminiscent of an ultrasound machine and a transducer — work collectively. Summit allegedly will get round that by copying the required software program and putting in it on hacked devices, making it potential for them to work with different {hardware}.

The lawsuit explicitly calls out Summit CEO Lawrence Nguyen as personally directing and constructing the alleged hacking instruments and pushing the advertising methods. Nguyen, in line with his LinkedIn profile, labored at Microsoft and AT&T within the Seattle space earlier than founding Summit greater than a decade in the past.

“We’re in receipt of the criticism and are reviewing it,” the company mentioned in an emailed assertion to GeekWire.

Philips believes Summit has obtained proprietary instruments loaded with commerce secrets and techniques which have by no means been distributed exterior the company. Philips accuses Summit of misappropriating commerce secrets and techniques, false promoting, modifying copyrighted supplies, and extra within the lawsuit.

Philips is in search of the return of its commerce secrets and techniques, damages, and an order barring Summit from utilizing instruments that skirt its {hardware} controls.

Summit provides restore and coaching providers on Philips devices. As soon as it has the {hardware}, Philips alleges, Summit makes use of its Adepto software program to bypass restrictions and alter software program on the gadget.

“To make use of the Adepto hacking device, Summit and Summit clients bodily take away the arduous drive from the Ultrasound System; the eliminated arduous drive is then hooked up to a separate laptop the place the Adepto hacking device runs; the Adepto hacking device bypasses Philips software program entry controls and accesses the eliminated arduous drive,” the swimsuit alleges.

Philips is a $34 billion company recognized for all varieties of electronics. It makes the whole lot from sensible TVs to electrical toothbrushes.

The company’s healthcare division has an workplace in Bothell, Wash., just some miles away from Summit Imaging. Philips calls itself a pacesetter within the growth, manufacturing, and promoting of medical imaging gear to hospitals and medical facilities.

Seattle is a burgeoning healthcare and life sciences hub, and it has lengthy been a leader in the development of ultrasound technology. The area performed an instrumental position within the revolution to make ultrasounds transportable with Bothell-based SonoSite, which was acquired by Fujifilm in 2011, releasing the groundbreaking battery-powered ultrasound machine within the late Nineties. A long time later, the Pacific Northwest stays a hotbed for handheld ultrasound builders reminiscent of PhilipsSonoSite and Vancouver, B.C.-based Clarius.

Final month, SonoSite teamed up with the Allen Institute for Synthetic Intelligence to coach AI to interpret ultrasound photographs. The thought is that computer systems might be educated to determine and label important items of a medical picture to assist clinicians get solutions with out the necessity for specially-trained radiologists.

See the total swimsuit under.

Philips v Summit by Nat Levy on Scribd

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