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ObjectVideo Drops ITC case against Samsung Techwin
Jul 20, 2012 (02:07 PM EDT)
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just one day before a July 18, 2012 trial, ObjectVideo, Inc. dropped its patent infringement case against Samsung Techwin Co, Ltd. and Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., in the International Trade Commission (ITC). The patents in suit dealt with video analytic software for security camera systems, such as virtual tripwire technology, and included US patent numbers 6,696,945; 6,970,083; and 7,424,175 (the '175).
The case was originally filed in June 2011 against three Respondent groups: Samsung Techwin, Bosch, and Sony. Sony settled in February 2012 and the trial against Bosch began on July 18, 2012. ObjectVideo has also more recently filed a separate ITC action against Pelco on the same patents, and has approached the entire security camera industry about licensing its patent portfolio.
The Samsung Techwin dismissal follows some recent setbacks in ObjectVideo's case. Last month, the Administrative Law Judge dismissed the '175 patent allegations against Samsung Techwin. Then on July 6th, the Office of Unfair Import Investigations' Staff Attorney formally agreed with Samsung Techwin in a court filing that Samsung did not infringe the remaining patents asserted against it, and that these patents were invalid. Within a week of the Staff Attorney's submission, ObjectVideo dropped the remaining patents against Samsung.
"We are very happy that the Staff Attorney and now ObjectVideo has apparently realized what we have been saying all along, that our products do not infringe ObjectVideo's patents," commented a spokesman of Samsung Techwin's Intellectual Property Department. "We respect the intellectual property of others, but we do not pay unnecessary license fees simply to avoid litigation. That is why we decided to litigate this case and this outcome vindicates our company principles," he added.
Samsung was represented in the case by William Mandir and John Rabena of Sughrue Mion, PLLC of Washington, DC.