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Alarm.com Settles Patent-Infringement Lawsuit with IpDatatel

By Julie Jacobson · July 18, 2019 • Patent-infringement lawsuits dismissed before Court ruled on validity of two Alarm.com security and home-automation patents.

Lenbrook to ‘Defend Vigorously’ Against Sonos Patent Lawsuit

By Jason Knott · June 27, 2019 • Lenbrook says its Bluesound wireless high-resolution audio ecosystem is 'substantively' different from Sonos system.

J. Geiger ‘Utterly Failed’ on Infringement Claims Against Lutron’s Palladiom Motorized Shades

By Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2018 • Adopted as the motorized shading line for Savant home automation, J Geiger filed for a preliminary injunction against Lutron for alleged patent and trade-dress infringements, but judge rules Geiger presented 'not a scintilla of evidence' on certain claims.

ADT Patent Application: Deciphering Those Darn LED Lights on a Security System

By Julie Jacobson · August 30, 2018 • Not from The Onion: ADT files patent application for 'Determining what the indicators represent on a security device.'

Amazon IoT Patent Shows ZigBee Home-Automation Signals over Power Cable

By Julie Jacobson · May 29, 2018 • Ideal for integrating Wi-Fi cameras with ZigBee door locks, Amazon invention shows ZigBee home-automation signals running over power cable to enhance wireless performance. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Sonos’s Really Interesting Patent App: Play Music Based on Biometrics Like Sweat

By Julie Jacobson · March 30, 2018 • Sonos patent application describes how biometric data like perspiration, pulse or tone of voice could inform an audio system to play music or other content that is most conducive to the listener's well being. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Nortek Patent: The Idiot Savant of Smart Garage Door Openers

By Julie Jacobson · March 21, 2018 • IoT garage-door controller provides all the safety measures required of UL 985 for ‘unattended operation’ but it’s stupid simple for DIY installs.

Sonos Defeats Denon HEOS Again: Understanding the Patent Lawsuits

By Julie Jacobson · February 26, 2018 • Sonos seeks injunction and double damages for D&M's ‘willful infringement’ of Sonos patents in the Denon HEOS line. Judge invalidates another D&M patent. (Julie Jacobson)

Ring Settles with ADT in Zonoff Lawsuit, Acquires Lighting Co., Plans Spring Launch of Ring Alarm

By Julie Jacobson · January 18, 2018 • CES 2018: Ring reportedly settles with ADT in Zonoff lawsuit for $25 million, plans to launch super-cheap 'Ring Alarm' security system soon, adds Z-Wave sensors, acquires Mr. Beams (Wireless Environment, LLC). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Video Doorbells Get Ugly: SkyBell Slams Ring in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

By Julie Jacobson · January 7, 2018 • In patent-infringement case, SkyBell says Ring (Bot Home Automation) competes on hype, not innovation. Meanwhile, Ring says Nest is a copycat.

Lutron Sues Legrand, QMotion over Multiple Lighting and Shade-Control Patents

By Julie Jacobson · October 24, 2017 • In lawsuit, Lutron claims Legrand and its subsidiaries (Watt Stopper, Pass & Seymour, QMotion) infringed on patents involving wallbox dimmers, fluorescent lighting controls and remote-control form factors that resemble Lutron's Pico remote. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Ring Patents Solar-Powered Security Yard Sign

By Julie Jacobson · September 28, 2017 • Bot Home Automation, dba Ring, has patented its illuminated yard sign.

Patents: Amazon’s Clever Voice-Controlled Light Switch is not Just ‘Alexa Inside’

By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2017 • Amazon’s patent application for voice-controlled light switch describes multiple mics on the faceplate and switch itself, so it can respond based on the position of the speaker (user) and whether the light is on or off. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Patents: Home Automation Leader Crestron Invents a Smarter Smart Bulb

By Julie Jacobson · June 16, 2017 • Crestron patent application describes a smart bulb with an integrated on/off mechanism, so users can turn the lamp "off" locally but still control via app or home automation. Is it practical? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

LG’s Clever Tech for Commissioning Smart Lights Melds ZigBee with VLC Light Waves

By Julie Jacobson · May 16, 2017 • Introduced at Lightfair 2017 LG Electronics’ new ZigBee Connector plugs into an Android mobile device, discovers smart lights via visible light communication (VLC), and enables on-the-fly programming via LG's Sensor Connect app. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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