HID Global and ASSA ABLOY have settled two lawsuits they had filed against Farpointe Data involving two patents related to multi-technology readers and other issues.
Prior to the settlement, HID Global had obtained a significant victory relating to the two asserted patents. In particular, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted HID Global’s Motions for Summary Judgment finding that the asserted claims of both of the patents are valid and that various Farpointe readers infringed one or both such patents. In particular, the Court held that numerous Farpointe Data Pyramid and Delta™ products infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,952,935 and numerous Farpointe Data Delta products infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,439,862. In addition, the Court held that the asserted claims of the ‘935 and ‘862 patents are valid.
In the lawsuit, HID Global had also alleged that Farpointe Data misused the term ‘HID Compatible.’ As a result of the lawsuit, Farpointe Data has agreed to modify the infringing products. As part of the settlement, Farpointe has agreed to stop using the term ‘HID compatible’ to describe its products and will encourage its partners and resellers to do the same. Other terms of the settlement are to remain confidential.
The lawsuit further validates the company’s ongoing commitment to enforce its intellectual property portfolio embedded in its ‘Genuine HID™ Technology’ products brandmark, in order to help customers quickly identify 3rd party products that are truly manufactured with embedded and licensed HID technology inside. Supported by industry-leading expertise and the strongest delivery and response platform available, Genuine HID solutions reinforce the long-standing trust that when customers purchase from HID Global, they are investing with absolute confidence.
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision and to have prevailed in our case against Farpointe Data,” said Dr. Tam Hulusi, senior vice president of strategic innovation and intellectual property with HID Global. “HID Global and ASSA ABLOY will continue to protect our intellectual property rights, including seeking permanent injunctions against companies that use our intellectual property without permission.”