UHF RFID product manufacturer Alien Technology issued a lawsuit against intermec Inc. “to prove non-infringement of RFID patents,” according to a press release posted at 9:38 a.m. EST today.
The suit, filed in federal district court in the District of North Dakota, seeks a declaratory judgment for patent non-infringement “and invalidity on ten Intermec patents for RFID products and processes.”
“In response to public statements by Intermec, including recent public threats of IP litigation against Alien and others companies who have not licensed Intermec’s RFID technology,” the release continued, “Alien has taken this action to seek ratification of Alien’s position from the district court.”
June 01, 2006 09:38 AM US Eastern Timezone
Alien Technology(R) Files Declaratory Judgment Action Against Intermec to Prove Non-Infringement of RFID Patents
MORGAN HILL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 1, 2006–Alien Technology Corporation (Alien(R)) today announced that the company has filed suit against Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) in federal district court in the District of North Dakota seeking a declaratory judgment for patent non-infringement and invalidity on ten Intermec patents for RFID products and processes.
After conducting a review of the Intermec RFID patents and a comparison of those patents with the design elements and operation of Alien products, Alien believes its products do not infringe Intermec intellectual property. In response to public statements by Intermec, including recent public threats of IP litigation against Alien and others companies who have not licensed Intermec’s RFID technology, Alien has taken this action to seek ratification of Alien’s position from the district court.
“With this action, Alien is seeking to quickly resolve any confusion and uncertainty in the RFID marketplace about Alien’s products created by Intermec’s lingering public threats of litigation. Alien’s objective in obtaining the declaratory judgment is to minimize burdensome royalties on RFID products for endusers,” said David Aaron, Vice President and General Counsel, Alien Technology Corporation.
Alien is represented by Gregory Stone of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Sarah Andrews Herman of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in this litigation.
About Alien Technology
Alien Technology provides UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products and services to customers in retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, defense, transportation and logistics, pharmaceuticals and other industries. Organizations use Alien’s RFID products and services to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and security of their supply chains, logistics and asset tracking operations. Alien’s products include RFID tags, RFID readers and related training and professional services. Alien’s patented Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA) technology and related proprietary manufacturing processes are designed to enable the manufacture of high volume, low cost RFID tags.
Alien was founded in l994 and employs about 235 people worldwide. The company’s facilities include: its corporate headquarters in Morgan Hill, CA; an RFID tag manufacturing facility in Fargo, ND; the Alien RFID Solutions Center, in the Dayton, Ohio area, and sales offices in the US, Europe and Asia. Alien is a member of EPCglobal. More information about Alien is available at www.alientechnology.com.
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