Universal Remote Control, Inc. Announces Invalidation of Universal Electronics' Patent by U.S. Patent Office
Harrison, New York - July 29, 2014 - Universal Remote Control, Inc. ("URC") announced today that a panel of judges at the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") declared another one of Universal Electronic Inc.'s ("UEI") patents, U.S. Patent No. 6,587,067, invalid.
With the PTO's latest decision, all four patents that UEI asserted against URC in a lawsuit filed in 2012 have now been found invalid - one by the PTO and three by the district court. The district court invalidated the asserted claims of one patent during pre-trial claim construction proceedings. Two other patents, including the '067 patent which the PTO just declared invalid, were thrown out on summary judgment prior to the May 2014 jury trial. After a two-week trial, the jury invalidated two more patents, including the other one of the two patents thrown out on summary judgment. The jury also found UEI guilty of patent misuse and unclean hands. For more details about the 2012 litigation, click here.
URC respects the intellectual property rights of others. URC believes, however, that the technology disclosed in products and publications already in the public domain cannot and should not be claimed in patents by third parties as their own inventions. URC continues to believe that the proper place for competition is in the marketplace, not in court, by serving its customers well.
URC was represented at trial by Sidley Austin LLP. URC was also represented by Ostrolenk Faber LLP.