RFID tag firm over patent infringement

Intermec sues Matrics over patient infringement

Intermec Technologies has filed a lawsuit alleging that Matrics has infringed on its RFID patents, according to Mike Wills, vice president and general manager of Intermec.

The suit seeks "reasonable" license payments from Matrics for Intermec's intellectual property.

Intermec and Matrics are on opposing teams working on specifications for the next-generation radio frequency identification tag for EPCglobal, an RFID standards-setting body. 

Wills said that Intermec believed Matrics has infringed on RFID patents that cover readers, chips, RFID tag operation and the association of tags with wireless memory devices. 

Intermec, a subsidiary of Unova, believed Matrics has infringed on four of its "foundational" RFID patents, Wills said. He did not disclose how much money Intermec wanted but said: "We don't want to put them out of business". 

Even so, Will added, "We're looking for the industry to recognise the validity of our [intellectual property]."

Intermec sells a line of RFID products, ranging from tags and readers to RFID labels and printers, and aims to be a major RFID technology supplier in the retail supply chain. 

Matrics said it has not received any formal communication from Intermec or from the court regarding this lawsuit as yet.

"There were no prior discussions with Intermec or its representatives on this subject and we were surprised by the press announcement," Matrics added.

Bob Brewin writes for IDG News Service

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