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Universal Remote Control Reply To Universal Electronics' Infringement Suit

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Universal Remote Control Reply To Universal Electronics' Infringement Suit

URC respects intellectual property rights. However, it will challenge those patents that it believes are questionable.


Harrison, N.Y. July 8, 2013 Universal Electronics, Inc. (UEI) filed a new lawsuit on June 28, 2012 against our company, Universal Remote Control, Inc. (URC), alleging infringement of nine of its patents. Three of the nine patents have already expired, and a fourth will expire in approximately two months. URC strongly disagrees with UEI's claims in the suit and will vigorously defend itself, as it has in the past, and seek all available remedies against UEI.

We believe that this lawsuit is a continuation of UEI's earlier March, 2012 lawsuit that accused URC of infringing on four of its other patents. In the earlier lawsuit, two of the patents have already expired (one had expired about six years ago). Following the filing of that lawsuit, UEI Chairman and CEO Paul Arling stated in a press release dated March 5, 2012, "[w]e spend significant resources in research and development, and are proud of our innovation and industry leadership in control technology."

The court reviewed these four patents in the early stages of the proceeding and declared that one unexpired patent is invalid and certain asserted claims in two other patents are also invalid. UEI requested reconsideration on the invalidated patent and the court reaffirmed its decision in May.

URC is challenging the validity of the remaining claims of the three patents in court and in a review proceeding in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). URC believes that the inventions claimed in these patents were used in products already existing in the marketplace before UEI applied for patents claiming them as its inventions. Products and publications that are already available in the marketplace cannot and should not be patented by a third party since they are in the public domain.

For full details of URC's submission to the PTO for the review of these patents and UEI's reply in opposition, please visit the PTO website at ptabtrials.uspto.gov and enter the relevant patent numbers: 5414426; 5614906; and 6587067, respectively.

URC respects intellectual property rights. However, it will challenge those patents that it believes are questionable. URC has conducted a preliminary analysis of the second set of nine patents that UEI asserted. URC intends to challenge this second set in the court and at the PTO as URC has done with the first four UEI patents. URC is confident that it will prevail in the court, as it already has in part, and also at the PTO.

URC continues to believe that the proper place for competition is in the marketplace, not the court.

About URC
URC is a privately held American company dedicated to providing superior control products for homes, businesses, cable service providers and OEM partners. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Harrison, NY, URC has sold over 100 million remote controls in the last 10 years alone, and is an emerging force in whole-house control with its Total Control line of products. URC has built its reputation by delivering exceptional levels of quality, training, reliability and support to its customers. Learn more about URC at www.UniversalRemote.com, Facebook and YouTube.

Contact:
Cat Toomey
URC
317-514-5546
ctoomey@universalremote.com

Jon Sienkiewicz
URC Corporate Communications
914.835.4484 x343
jsienkiewicz@universalremote.com

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