Geotab prevails in another patent lawsuit
Published on July 6, 2020
Company’s commitment to standing its ground against frivolous lawsuits results in another victory
Toronto, ON — July 6, 2020 — Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation, today announced the successful disposal of yet another patent infringement lawsuit in the District of Delaware; this most recent case had been filed by non-practicing entity (“NPE”), Sunset Licensing LLC ("Sunset").
As with prior cases, Geotab adhered to its established policy of standing its ground against NPEs that assert unfounded claims. Geotab refused to make any payment to Sunset, and made clear that it would challenge the patent should the case proceed. Geotab provided detailed arguments and analysis establishing that it had been selling its GO device with relevant features before the Sunset patent was filed, thus threatening the patent’s validity. As a result, Sunset withdrew the lawsuit.
“Geotab’s access to a large body of relevant technical material, a strong internal and external team and expert analytical capability give us the confidence and determination to face down pressure tactics taken by NPEs,” stated Dirk Schlimm, Executive Vice President at Geotab. “This approach has helped Geotab to leverage its prior successes and build a consistent track record of defeating NPEs, on behalf of ourselves and other members of the fleet management industry.”
By dedicating time and resources to build a strong case against each claim, Geotab is able to leverage its historically successful track record to defend itself against these types of unfounded claims. As a result, Geotab’s approach has seen success over the past several years in similar suits wherein the company has successfully challenged and prevailed against unwarranted litigations relating to patent infringement.
“Challenging the groundless claims of NPE’s strengthens our stance against these types of cases, to both discourage NPEs from continuing to pursue questionable strategies, while encouraging other members of the fleet management industry who are facing similar, targeted lawsuits to also take a stand,” added Schlimm. “Geotab is prepared to share its insights with any company who is being pressed by this or any other NPE with frivolous lawsuits.”
Geotab's cross-functional internal patent litigation team, including Vice President of Intellectual Property Derek Smith, General Counsel Laurence Prystawski, Legal Counsel Che Claire 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 other intellectual property specialists, to develop and execute Geotab's innovative and aggressive strategy to help combat NPE patent litigation and dispose of these lawsuits.
Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab’s products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorized Geotab Resellers. To learn more, please visit www.geotab.com and follow us @GEOTAB and on LinkedIn.