Phoenix Seo is suing Ottawa for copyright infringement
Phoenix Seos software company filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Ottawa this week in an attempt to obtain a royalty-free licence to use its software in the city’s hospitals and nursing homes.
The suit filed on behalf of the company says Ottawa is infringing on its copyright by using Phoenix Seoes patented software to automate certain processes, such as automated ventilators, in its facilities.
The software is used in the automated venting of oxygen cylinders and the automated air supply to hospitals and other facilities.
Phoenix Seo says Ottawa should immediately stop using Phoenix’s patented software, which is patented by Phoenix Seoa Inc., a Vancouver-based company that also produces automated vent management software.
Ottawa is using its patented software in a number of Ottawa-area hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The software is also used in Ottawa’s community hospital system.
Phoenix has said it believes the software is not patented and therefore cannot be used for commercial purposes.
It says Ottawa has used its patented patent in contravention of Section 5 of the Copyright Act and Section 21 of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which require all commercial uses to be licensed to Ottawa.
It also argues Ottawa’s use of the patented software infringes its copyrights.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Phoenix’s president, Brian Roussel, said the suit was a “misguided attempt to shut down the competition.”
He said Ottawa is trying to “destroy our company.”
“I think we have a good, robust business here in Ottawa,” he said.
“We are in good hands here.
We are an important part of the health-care system.”
In the suit, Phoenix says Ottawa infringed on its patents by using the software to operate an automated vent system that it says “invented a new method of automated vent utilization.”
“It is not possible to predict or control when and how many people will need ventilator treatment,” the suit states.
“The use of Phoenix Seodos patented technology in the Ottawa system creates significant operational risks for patients and staff, resulting in a large reduction in ventilations, and could lead to patient mortality.”
The suit also alleges that Ottawa’s “unauthorized” use of a patented software system in its hospitals “contributed to a significant increase in the incidence of ventilatory arrest” and contributed to a “significant increase in mortality in the community” in which Phoenix operates.
The lawsuit seeks damages, injunctions and unspecified other relief.
Ottario said in a statement to The Canadian Media that it is committed to a safe, quality and ethical healthcare environment for all Canadians.
Phoenix’s suit against Ottawa does not seek monetary damages, and does not address the potential economic damages caused by the lawsuit.
Ottary also noted that Ottawa has a number legal obligations in the United States.
“In Canada, we are obligated under Canadian copyright law to protect and preserve our proprietary and proprietary information, including our patent,” it said.
The Ottawa Hospital’s licensing agreement with Phoenix expires in March 2019.
The company said it plans to appeal the lawsuit, but declined to comment further.