Lawsuits Resolved, Alarm.com, iControl, Telguard Now Besties
Home automation and security service providers Alarm.com, iControl, Telguard and FrontPoint Security have dropped their lawsuits and negotiated cross-licensing agreements.
Back in May, Alarm.com, which serves independent dealers (and their customers) with its cloud-enabled home-control service, sued cellular provider Telular, which had just launched a new, competing service called Telguard HomeControl.
That service, powered by iControl, would work with security/automation panels from 2Gig, which previously had only supported Alarm.com.
Alarm.com alleged infringement on four patents.
Two months later, in May 2013, iControl sued Alarm.com for allegedly infringing on six of its patents.
In addition, the company had sued security dealer FrontPoint Security for infringing the same patents, alleging as well that the dealer had passed trade secrets from iControl to Alarm.com.
If you’re keeping score, Alarm.com, founded in 2000, has more than one million security/home automation accounts. iControl, founded in 2005, doesn’t disclose numbers but serves most of the major cable companies including Comcast/Xfinity, and powers the ADT Pulse system.
Here’s the statement on the lawsuit dismissals:
As part of the agreement, Alarm.com and iControl each retain all ownership and rights to their respective patents and have also expanded their respective portfolios of licensed intellectual property via certain cross-licensing agreements.
The patents included in the cross-license agreement represent some of the earliest, seminal intellectual property for Connected Home technology today.
The respective CEOs of each company commented that they were pleased to reach resolution around these serious intellectual property matters and each Company is looking forward to refocusing on its customer’s deployments.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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