Published on February 10, 2016
Toronto, Ontario — Febuary 10, 2016 – In its second patent victory in as many months, Geotab prevailed in an Eastern District of Texas lawsuit brought against Geotab by a non-practicing entity – this time without a shot being fired. Orthosie Systems LLC, which owns patents relating to vehicle monitoring, sued Geotab, the go-to leader in telematics with more than 450,000 vehicles in 70 countries on its roster of users.
After prior NPE lawsuits, Geotab had decided to take a stand against groundless NPE litigation. In a January 4th ruling (previously reported), also in the Eastern District of Texas, Geotab won an early dispositive motion that a patent relating to the use of GPS devices (to which dozens of companies had taken a license) was invalid for being directed to an “abstract idea.”
When sued again, this time by Orthosie, Geotab made clear that, as a matter of company policy, it does not tolerate these kinds of lawsuits. When made aware of Geotab's successful track record in prior NPE litigation and its resolute refusal to tolerate unfounded NPE claims, Orthosie agreed to drop the case without any payment.
For the second time in two months, Geotab's cross-functional internal patent litigation team, including Vice President of Intellectual Property Derek Smith, General Counsel Laurence Prystawski, and Executive Vice-President Dirk Schlimm collaborated with the expert litigation team at Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., which included Michael Albert, Jason Honeyman, and Justin Colannino, to take a stand against the questionable practices of non-practicing entities.
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