KVH Raises Significant Doubts about Validity of Claim in King Controls Patent; Sales of KVH TracVision Satellite TV Systems Continuing without Restriction
KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced that, following a hearing before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by Electronic Controlled Systems, Inc., d/b/a King Controls, has been denied. King Controls had sought to enjoin KVH from selling its TracVision® R4 and R5 satellite TV systems pending resolution of a patent infringement claim filed by King Controls in May 2005. In its arguments before the court, KVH raised significant doubts regarding the validity of the asserted claim in King Controls' U.S. Patent #6,864,846 due to KVH's own prior art employed in its products as early as 1998, prior to the filing of King Control's patent application.
"We are thrilled that the court denied this request for a preliminary injunction and reaffirmed KVH's right to continue offering our award-winning mobile satellite TV technology to consumers and RV manufacturers throughout North America without restriction. We also expect to prevail and to invalidate claims of the King Controls patent when this litigation reaches the trial stage," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, president and chief executive officer of KVH Industries. "We remain focused on competing successfully in the mobile satellite TV marketplace through superior products, innovative technology, world-class support, and competitive pricing. We fully expect to prevail both in the marketplace and the courts."
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 more than 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.
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