AVID sues suppliers of ISO microchips for infringement of its U.S. patents
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2004
On May 3, California-based
microchip vendor AVID initiated legal action in Marshall, Texas against
several defendants for infringing U.S. Pat Nos. 5,214,409 and 5,499,017.
Case #2:04-cv-00183-TJW, Hon. T. John Ward, presiding, lists as defendants:
Medical Management International
Inc., does business as Banfield the Pet Hospital.
The legal action alleges that Datamars ISO transponders (whose 15-digit ID code begins with the digits 981...) incorporate the allegedly infringing “Hitag S” integrated circuit manufactured by Phillips.
Furthermore the complaint in Texas also alleges infringement of AVID's U.S. Patent No. 5,235,326 . This claim affects ISO-compatible readers marketed by Datamars. In the event AVID prevails in its litigation, AVID would be entitled to demand that use of infringing product cease, meaning that readers capable of reading the Banfield/Crystal Import/Datamars product could bew removed from shelters.
AVID has also started separate
legal action against Allflex USA Inc. and its
The litigation by AVID could have repercussions beyond U.S. borders since the patents in question have foreign counterparts in Europe, Australia and elsewhere, meaning that similar litigation could impact the availability of these ISO FDX-B microchips and readers in those countries.
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