Silent Witness Announces Settlement of Patent Suit
SURREY, British Columbia, Canada
Silent Witness Enterprises Ltd., a provider of video monitoring technology, announces it has reached a settlement with American Building Control (formerly Ultrak Inc.) with respect to their outstanding patent dispute.
American Building is the holder of a U.S. patent relating to a video recording system for modifying the behavior of passengers in vehicles. Silent Witness refuted the validity of the patent or its application to its products or its obligation to pay royalties under a prior licensing agreement. The patent was upheld and reissued in 2002 prompting a resumption of this long outstanding dispute.
Under the terms of a settlement reached after mediation, Silent Witness has agreed to pay a fixed amount, payable over eight years with respect to its past sales and has entered into a licensing agreement with respect to future sales of products incorporating technology covered by the patent. In connection with this settlement, the company will incur a charge of approximately $1.3 million (Canadian) in its fiscal 2003 fourth quarter to cover the royalty, settlement and legal costs incurred in this settlement.
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