MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Aug. 10 -- A jury for the U.S. District
Court for the District of Minnesota ruled today that KVH Industries, Inc.,
(Nasdaq: KVHI) is not liable for infringing King Controls' U.S. Patent
6,864,846. According to the verdict, the jury found that claim 5 of the
patent, the only claim at issue, was in fact invalid due to the existence of
prior art as well as the obviousness of the technology.
"We are extremely gratified by the jury's decision and its clear
vindication of KVH Industries with regard to these ill-conceived allegations,"
said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's president, chief executive officer, and
chairman. "KVH is a company built on technological innovation and, with an
extensive patent portfolio, we have a profound respect for intellectual
property rights. As a result, we were committed to successfully defending
ourselves from these baseless charges leveled by a competitor. This decision
reaffirms our right to continue offering our award-winning mobile satellite TV
technology and we are eager to continue competing successfully in the
marketplace through superior products, innovative technology, world-class
support, and competitive pricing."
King Controls asserted that KVH was liable for royalties and sought an
injunction against selling certain products because satellite switching
capabilities present in KVH's TracVision mobile satellite TV systems had
infringed on a patent that King Controls filed in 2000. KVH successfully
contended that the technology had been developed prior to King Controls'
patent application and was already in use in the industry, including in KVH's
own products, thereby invalidating King Control's patent claim.
KVH was successfully represented at trial in U.S. District Court by Foley
Hoag LLP of Boston, MA. KVH was also represented by Merchant & Gould P.C.
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 125,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on
boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the prestigious General
Motors Innovative Design Award, 2 CES Innovation Awards, 22 National Marine
Electronics Association "Best Product" awards, the DAME Award in the Marine
Electronics category, 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.
KVH® and TracVision® are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.
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