HID Global settles patent lawsuit
HID Global and ASSA ABLOY announced that they settled two lawsuits they had filed against Farpointe Data involving two patents related to multi-technology readers and other issues.
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.
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision and to have prevailed in our case against Farpointe Data,” says 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.”