In 2014, Neology filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court against Kapsch TrafficCom USA for infringement of Neology patents. The lawsuit requires Kapsch TrafficCom USA to immediately and permanently stop directly or indirectly making, using, selling or offering for sale, importing or exporting all infringing RFID products including systems, subsystems, readers and tags.
In reaction to the lawsuit, Kapsch attempted to challenge the Neology patents at the US Patent Office (PTO) via an Inter Partes Review. After an initial response from Neology, the PTO now has confirmed the validity of four of the most relevant Neology patents. These patents read on the ISO 18000-6C communication protocol used for tolling applications. The challenge will go forward for the remaining patent claims, but Neology is confident that further claims will be found valid through this process.
Francisco Martinez de Velasco, Chief Executive Officer of Neology, stated: "We are very pleased about this outcome. The decision of the US Patent Office confirms our thought leadership and innovative strength as the leading provider of 18000-6C passive RFID products and AVI systems in North America.”
Christian Uhl, Chief Executive Officer of SMARTRAC Technology Group, also commented on the importance of the decision: “Backed by our outstanding portfolio of more than 1000 patents and patent applications, we will continue to set the highest standards in the RFID industry. Therefore, this patent confirmation is a fundamental certification of our global strategy to lead the RFID market through technology, innovation and quality.”
Recently, Neology reached a milestone when it was granted its 100th patent, which represents a significant achievement in terms of the company’s Intellectual Property portfolio. On that occasion, Neology announced significant investments in R&D to further support a rapidly expanding 18000-6C transportation ecosystem.
Neology is a leading provider of integrated solutions for the tolling, electronic vehicle registration (EVR) and public safety markets. The company is a pioneer and leader in the development of passive RFID technology, and owns some of the earliest and most significant intellectual property (IP) in the industry. Neology is a wholly owned subsidiary of SMARTRAC. For more information, please visit www.neology-rfid.com.
SMARTRAC is the world’s leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID products and services, providing both ready-made and customized products and services suitable for a large number of applications. SMARTRAC makes products smart, and enables businesses to identify, authenticate, track and complement product offerings. The company’s portfolio is used in a wide array of applications: access control, animal identification, automated fare collection, automotive, border control, contactless payment, electronic product identification, industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, retail, public transport, and many more. Leveraging its global R&D, production and sales network, SMARTRAC’s solutions combine physical products with digitally based services to empower the ecosystem of connected things. SMARTRAC has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.smartrac-group.com
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