Honeywell Files International Trade Commission Complaint Against Code Corp. Over Bar Code Reading Patent Infringement
May 23, 2017
FORT MILL, S.C., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON), an industry leader in scanning and productivity solutions, today took additional legal actions against Code Corp., a company that manufactures bar code readers, for infringement of Honeywell patents.
Honeywell filed a complaint asking the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to preclude Code from importing into the U.S. its products that infringe Honeywell's patents, such as the CR2600 bar code reader, as well as some of its components that are manufactured abroad. Honeywell also filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Code in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Both actions claim that Code's bar code readers, including the CR2600 and its components, infringe Honeywell patents.
In January, Honeywell filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Code in U.S. District Court for South Carolina for infringement of multiple patents related to Honeywell's bar code reading technology that makes bar code readers easier to use and operate faster and more accurately. The two new actions are directed toward six additional patents that are fundamental to the performance of modern bar code readers and scan engines. The average remaining life of these patents is longer than eight years.
"We believe Code has engaged in widespread infringement of Honeywell intellectual property with its bar code readers. Our actions today further demonstrate our intent to prevent Code from continuing to profit from that practice," said Lisa London, president of Honeywell's Productivity Products business. "Fair competition starts with respecting the patent rights of others. We will pursue every legal avenue we can to protect our intellectual property."
The ITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters that affect trade and commerce, including intellectual property. In its complaint, Honeywell has asked the ITC to investigate its claims, issue an exclusion order to bar the importation of Code's patent-infringing bar code readers and scan engines into the U.S., and issue cease and desist orders prohibiting Code from selling any products found to infringe Honeywell's patents.
The six Honeywell patents involved in both the second patent infringement lawsuit and the ITC action filed today are:
- U.S. Patent No. 6,832,725, which is directed to optical readers with contrasting color illumination and aiming LEDs.
- U.S. Patent No. 8,511,572, which is directed to formatting configurations for scanning devices to allow for flexibility in customizing decoded information outputs.
- U.S. Patent No. 7,148,923, which is directed to imaging devices utilizing modules of varying priority levels for analyzing and obtaining images and methods of operating the same.
- U.S. Patent No. 7,527,206, which is directed to code reading systems with illumination duration analysis and control capabilities for capturing images and methods of operating the same.
- U.S. Patent No. 8,646,692, which is directed to devices utilizing various control parameters to obtain decodable images and methods of operating the same.
- U.S. Patent No. 9,323,969, which is directed to devices utilizing quality evaluation processing to measure and analyze frames of image data for quicker trigger-to-decode times.
More information on the legal action Honeywell has initiated against Code Corp. can be found at www.honeywellaidc.com/protect-innovation.
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