Appeals court has no objection to patent ruling

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, February 3, 2005

February 3, 2005

BOCA RATON, Fla.- Tyco Fire & Security announced in late January that a federal appeals court upheld a jury verdict against Universal Surveillance Systems for its infringement of Sensormatic U.S. Patent No. 5,426,419.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida found that Universal’s Unipro anti-theft tag infringed upon the Sensormatic patent for the Supertag anti-theft product and awarded damages in June 2003. The appeals court unanimously confirmed the previous judgement.
John Smith, vice president and general manager of Tyco Fire & Security’s EAS/RFID business, said in a statement that Tyco is committed to improving its Sensormatic technology and defending those improvements to benefit customers.
There are approximately 1,500 patents or pending patent applications for the Sensormatic anti-theft technology, which is distributed by Tyco-owned ADT.