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Mixed ruling for Hauppauge security camera company

Vicon camera in Wyandanch

Vicon camera in Wyandanch Photo Credit: Vicon

A U.S. Board of Patent Appeals decision has dealt a reversal to a Hauppauge surveillance camera company in a patent-infringement dispute.

The dispute centers on the design of a dome camera system.

The Monday decision set aside two patent-infringement claims as invalid, but allowed three other claims to move forward.

Vicon's video-surveillance customers range from the Wyandanch Long Island Rail Road to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and from the XuPu Bridge in Shanghai, China, to Her Majesty’s Prison Systems in the U.K.

The appeals board made its decisions while considering a set of earlier findings by a U.S. Patent Examiner. Those findings had set aside all five claims as invalid — and the appeals board decision Monday reversed three of the Examiner's findings, allowing them to proceed.

“The BPAI decision in part confirms the company's position on invalidity of the asserted claims. The company also continues to have substantial non-infringement defenses," Vicon said in a prepared statement. Ken Darby, chief executive of Vicon, said the company's attorneys are studying the appeals board's decision.

The patent infringement lawsuit was brought in May 2003 by Lectrolarm Custom Systems Inc. in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The suit is on hold pending the outcome of patent office findings. In 2006 Vicon received the plaintiff's claim for past damages through 2005 that estimated $11.7 million plus prejudgment interest.

The company and its outside patent counsel believe that the complaint is without merit.

Vicon’s surveillance systems are also in place at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris; the Beijing National Stadium in China; the Chicago Board of Trade; the London Underground; U.S. Border Patrol stations; the Kiel Shipyard, Germany; and Hempstead Turnpike on Long Island.

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