Philips has filed a lawsuit against Woodinsville, Wash.-based medical device repair and service company Summit Imaging—alleging that the latter company has hacked into its imaging equipment and stolen trade secrets.

Philips alleges Summit Imaging built software designed to hack into ultrasound machines and other devices to get around stringent access controls that regulate how the hardware can be used. Summit markets its software to customers—hospitals, healthcare networks, clinics, manufacturers and more—as a legal way to get around restrictions companies like Philips put on their devices, according to the lawsuit.

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