U.S. Court Sides With ADT on Infringed Patents

ADT Security Services announced it has won a major lawsuit against a competing company that was found liable for patent infringement, misappropriating trade secrets and employing unfair trade practices.

The lawsuit involved ADT’s Sensormatic anti-theft solutions. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled in favor of ADT and immediately prohibited the infringing company — Pompano Beach, Fla.-based The Tag Company — from making or selling any of ADT’s products in the United States.

“We are pleased with the court ruling and the confidence it should give customers that they can continue to rely on the integrity and high performance of our Sensormatic anti-theft solutions,” says Scott Clements, vice president and general manager, Sensormatic Retail Solutions. “Protecting our intellectual property is central to our ability to continue investing in and innovating solutions that help retailers deter theft and improve profitability.”

In the suit, the federal court found several former Sensormatic employees, who helped design, develop and market Sensormatic EAS systems, had misappropriated and improperly used important proprietary information about those products to benefit The Tag Company.

The infringing party was also ordered to pay damages. A former Sensormatic engineer who helped develop the technology was ordered to pay costs and attorney fees for misusing confidential information.

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