HID Global Prevails in Farpointe Data Patent Suit

IRVINE, Calif., September 12, 2012 – ASIS 2012HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, and ASSA ABLOY AB announced today that they settled two lawsuits they had filed against Farpointe Data involving two patents related to multi-technology readers and other issues. 

Prior to the settlement, HID Global had obtained a significant victory relating to the two asserted patents.  In particular, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted HID Global’s Motions for Summary Judgment finding that the asserted claims of both of the patents are valid and that various Farpointe readers infringed one or both such patents.  In particular, the Court held that numerous Farpointe Data Pyramid and Delta™ products infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,952,935 and numerous Farpointe Data Delta products infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,439,862.  In addition, the Court held that the asserted claims of the ‘935 and ‘862 patents are valid.

In the lawsuit, HID Global had also alleged that Farpointe Data misused the term ‘HID Compatible.’  As a result of the lawsuit, Farpointe Data has agreed to modify the infringing products.  As part of the settlement, Farpointe has agreed to stop using the term ‘HID compatible’ to describe its products and will encourage its partners and resellers to do the same.  Other terms of the settlement are to remain confidential. 

The lawsuit further validates the company’s ongoing commitment to enforce its intellectual property portfolio embedded in its ‘Genuine HID™ Technology’ products brandmark, in order to help customers quickly identify 3rd party products that are truly manufactured with embedded and licensed HID technology inside. Supported by industry-leading expertise and the strongest delivery and response platform available, Genuine HID solutions reinforce the long-standing trust that when customers purchase from HID Global, they are investing with absolute confidence.

“We are pleased with the Court’s decision and to have prevailed in our case against Farpointe Data,” said Dr. Tam Hulusi, senior vice president of strategic innovation and intellectual property with HID Global.  “HID Global and ASSA ABLOY will continue to protect our intellectual property rights, including seeking permanent injunctions against companies that use our intellectual property without permission.”

About HID Global’s Genuine HID Program
HID Global’s Genuine HID program allows companies to either embed Genuine HID technology into their own products or to license HID technology to build Genuine HID Technology™ products. Genuine HID Technology products are certified to provide the highest degree of interoperability in the large HID Global ecosystem of products, suppliers, and services.  As part of that commitment, HID Global created the ‘Genuine HID Technology’ products brandmark to help customers quickly identify 3rd party products that are manufactured with embedded and licensed HID technology inside. For further information about licensing, please click here.

About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, use, and management of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications.  Primary brands are ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.

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