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Licence agreement reached on RFID patent

Tyco Retail Solutions : 21 January, 2014  (Company News)
Retailers can now deploy RFID based inventory intelligence products based on Round Rock patents due to new licence agreement
Licence agreement reached on RFID patent

Tyco Retail Solutions has entered into a patent licence agreement with Round Rock Research regarding RFID solutions.

Tyco Retail Solutions provides RFID-based Inventory Intelligence solutions, which feature Sensormatic RFID readers, antennas and tags, and TrueVUE software offerings. The agreement provides a worldwide licence to Round Rock’s RFID patents that allows Tyco and its customers to continue to deploy innovative RFID solutions. The signing of this agreement with Round Rock is an important step in advancing these solutions globally.

In 2012, Round Rock filed lawsuits against a number of companies including some of Tyco Retail Solutions’ retail customers alleging their RFID solutions infringed Round Rock’s RFID patents.

However, since RFID solutions can greatly improve Inventory Management and process efficiency, thereby driving substantial operational improvements, this type of litigation threatened to stall the adoption of RFID solutions in retail.

Therefore, Tyco Retail Solutions reached a business resolution with Round Rock that covers its complete RFID portfolio of products, providing a mechanism for customers to deploy RFID solutions free of the Round Rock patent assertions.

This licensing arrangement with Round Rock is non-exclusive and royalty bearing, which allows other RFID reader and tag providers the prospect to achieve similar resolutions, thereby making a host of options available to customers. Additionally the licence allows customers to use readers purchased from Tyco with tags that are purchased from Tyco or another licensed supplier.

“For nearly 50 years, retailers have depended on Tyco products,” said Nancy Chisholm, Vice President and General Manager, Tyco Retail Solutions. “Tyco continues to invest heavily in research and development to advance both hardware and software products.  Our commitment to technology innovation is the cornerstone of our business, with RFID-based Inventory Intelligence solutions being a primary area of focus. This agreement with Round Rock offers our retail customers a clear path to deploying our new RFID-based solutions, free of Round Rock patent assertions and without business interruption from potential litigation.”

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