6/9/2004 - Intermec IP Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Matrics Inc. of Rockville, MD., relating to Intermec’s RFID (radio frequency identification) patents. The complaint, filed in Federal District Court in Delaware, alleges Matrics’ RFID products and systems infringe intellectual property owned by Intermec and asks for a reasonable royalty.
Intermec offers a complete licensing program for companies that want to use Intermec intellectual property. “Intermec believes strongly in the need to balance two responsibilities,” said Intermec President Tom Miller. “We are committed to making sure multiple suppliers have access to technology, and we provide that through our licensing program. We also must safeguard the rights of companies that invest in development of new technologies that lead to market advancement.”
Intermec, an RFID pioneer, acquired its RFID technology from IBM Research, through acquisition in 1997 of Amtech Corp. and through its own extensive investment in RFID research and development. Intermec’s complaint alleges Matrics has infringed on a number of its patents, each of which is based on inventions made, filed, and issued or pending before Matrics was founded.
Intermec is working with companies throughout the industry to bring the benefits of RFID to industries around the world. Intermec and UNOVA have a long history of developing and bringing to market pioneering technologies that make business processes more efficient. Intermec developed Code 39, an early bar code language that still is the most widely used bar code symbology in the world. It also developed a patented battery management system that has been licensed for use in most of today’s laptop computers.
RFID is a complement to industry’s current bar code-based tracking systems, allowing companies to automatically track inventory throughout an entire supply chain. RFID automatic data collection typically does not require line of sight or manual scanning as do most bar code-based systems. For example, information from RFID-tagged cases on a pallet can be read automatically using fixed, mobile or handheld readers rather than requiring individual bar code scanning. Read/write technology adds the ability to change and update the information on each tag as it proceeds, providing new levels of up-to-date information for better decision making.
UNOVA's Intermec Technologies division is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, RFID (radio frequency identification) and mobile computing systems. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service.
According to the May 2002 Patent Scorecard, published by Technology Review magazine, an MIT Enterprise, UNOVA is among the Top 30 global computer companies in terms of the relative strength and technological impact of its patents. For more information about Intermec, visit www.intermec.com. For information about UNOVA, visit www.unova.com.
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