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.
By Julie Jacobson · August 30, 2018 • Not from The Onion: ADT files patent application for 'Determining what the indicators represent on a security device.'
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
By Julie Jacobson · September 28, 2017 • Bot Home Automation, dba Ring, has patented its illuminated yard sign.
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)
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)
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)
By Julie Jacobson · April 20, 2017 • Security and home-automation giant Vivint Inc. files patent application for identifying guests through their “sound signatures” and running data through AI engine for predictive analytics. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2016 • Instead of unsightly keypads on door locks and security panels, Vivint proposes a method for projecting a laser image of controls and feedback onto a wall, door or other surface. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)