General Patent Corporation announced on behalf of its subsidiary, Leighton Technologies LLC, that it has settled a lawsuit with CPI Card Group-Colorado over the use of Leighton’s contactless card patent portfolio.
General Patent Corporation had initially contacted CPI claiming infringement of the Leighton patent portfolio. In response CPI filed an action for declaratory judgment in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. After General Patent filed a counter-claim for patent infringement, CPI agreed to settle the patent litigation and take a license under the Leighton patents.
“General Patent is not going to be intimidated by a declaratory judgment suit and we are going to mount a vigorous defense and counterattack,” said Paul J. Lerner, Senior VP and General Counsel at General Patent.
CPI is now the fifth licensee of Leighton’s portfolio of “Contactless Card” patents, joining Gemalto, HID Global, Oberthur Technologies Group and Allsafe Technologies.
Leighton Technologies’ “Contactless Card” portfolio comprises six U.S. Patents:
5,817,207: “Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards”
6,036,099: “Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card and product resulting therefrom”
6,214,155: “Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards”
6,441,736: “Ultra-thin flexible durable radio frequency identification devices and hot or cold lamination process for the manufacture of ultra-thin flexible durable radio frequency identification devices”
6,557,766: “Hot lamination method for a hybrid radio frequency optical memory card converting sheets into a web process”
6,514,367: “Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card”