10/16/2003 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced that it has filed suit against TracerNet Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for patent infringement. The complaint alleges that TracerNet is violating U.S. Patent No. 6,611,755 issued to Trimble on August 26, 2003. The patented auto-status technology is used in Trimble's Telvisant® Fleet Management System for the ready-mix concrete market. In the lawsuit, Trimble seeks a permanent injunction precluding TracerNet from infringing Trimble's patent as well as monetary damages for past infringements.
Trimble's patent in suit was filed on December 19, 1999, more than one year prior to the filing of a related U.S. patent 6,496,775 that has issued to TracerNet. Trimble intends to ask the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to re-examine this TracerNet patent based on Trimble's prior art.
About the Trimble Mobile Solutions Division
The Trimble Mobile Solutions Division offers complete solutions for location-based services (LBS) and mobile resource management (MRM), which include location-aware mobile devices, software, Internet location-based services and wireless operator relationships. The division focuses on advanced wireless applications for fleet and workforce management, telematics, theft recovery and public safety.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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