ADT Faces Lawsuit From Vivint Over Patent Infringements
The lawsuit states that ADT has infringed six of Vivint’s U.S. patents related to security and smart home technology.
PROVO, Utah — Vivint Smart Home (NYSE: VVNT), recently announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ADT in the United States District Court for the District of Utah.
In the filing, Vivint states that ADT has infringed six of Vivint’s U.S. patents related to security and smart home technology. Vivint has more than 300 issued patents related to its proprietary technology, but only limited information has been provided related to which patents Vivint is looking to defend.
According to various media reports, Vivint says that ADT’s security systems feature six patented technologies held by the company. These patents include:
- United States Patent No. 10,228,151 (the “151 patent”) – Floating thermostat plate
- United States Patent No. 10,325,159 (the “159 patent”) – Entity detection
- United States Patent No. 9,349,262 (the “262 patent”) – Security system providing a localized humanly-perceivable alert for identifying a facility to emergency personnel
- United States Patent No. 7,956,739 (the “739 patent”) – Monitoring and entry system presence service
- United States Patent No. 8,392,552 (the “’552 patent”) – System and method for providing configurable security monitoring utilizing an integrated information system.
- United States Patent No. 8,700,769 (the “769 patent”) – System and method for providing configurable security monitoring utilizing an integrated information system
The smart security company is seeking damages for ADT’s infringement of the asserted patents.
“Vivint invests millions of dollars to develop best-in-class products and services for its customers, as well as to patent and protect this technology. We will vigorously protect and defend our unique intellectual property and innovations,” says Vivint in a press release. ADT has not yet responded in any official manner.
When reached for comment, an ADT spokesperson told SSI, “On Feb. 25, 2021, Vivint, Inc. filed a complaint against ADT Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, claiming that ADT has infringed certain of Vivint’s patents. ADT believes the claims asserted by Vivint are completely without merit and intends to vigorously defend against the lawsuit.”
In 2015, Vivint sued Alarm.com for infringement of six patents on home automation technology. In 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) correctly found that Vivint’s patent — one of several it had accused Alarm.com of infringing — was invalid as obvious in view of earlier inventions. The case is still pending.
Vivint has been sued by ADT on more than one occasion for deceptive business practices.
SSI will continue to report on this story…
3/4/21: This story was updated to add ADT’s statement.
This article first appeared on SSI sister publication CE Pro.
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