MIDDLETOWN, RI – February 13, 2006 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today acknowledged the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota by Electronic Controlled Systems, Inc., d/b/a King Controls.
The suit is related litigation filed by the same plaintiff against KVH in the same court in May 2005. The patent asserted in this suit, which is also asserted in the prior suit, relates generally to a satellite dish system controlled to acquire a satellite signal.
“We compete aggressively in the mobile satellite TV market based on price, innovative technology, and product quality,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, president and chief executive officer of KVH Industries. “King Controls, on the other hand, has resorted to harassment through litigation against KVH, a pioneer in the mobile satellite marketplace. We will continue to defend ourselves vigorously and fully expect to prevail in this matter. Despite King Controls’ attempts to avoid competition and distract the marketplace, we will not waver in our commitment to maintaining and strengthening our proven leadership position by offering the superior product value, performance, and support our customers have come to expect based on the more than 100,000 mobile satellite antennas produced and sold by KVH Industries for more than a decade.”
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold 100,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, CES Innovation Award, 21 National Marine Electronics Association “Best Product” awards, and a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Award, KVH’s mission is to connect mobile customers with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their home and offices.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH’s products and technology, the ability of KVH to defend itself successfully against litigation, and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in KVH’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. KVH assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.
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