Infringing Robots Seized from Tradeshow Floor at IFA in Berlin on September 6
BEDFORD, Mass., September 6, 2013 – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, obtained preliminary injunctions against Chinese companies Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd and Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Electronic Ltd. (together: “Shenzhen Silver Star”) with the District Court of Düsseldorf. The request was based on the German parts of four European patents, EP 1 331 537 B1, EP 2 251 757 B1, EP 1 969 438 B1, and EP 1 395 888 B1.
The District Court of Düsseldorf granted the preliminary injunctions against Shenzhen Silver Star confirming that the vacuum cleaner robots of the types XR210, M-H688 and M-788 infringe all four asserted patents. Shenzhen Silver Star can appeal the Court’s decision. The preliminary injunctions were served on Shenzhen Silver Star and infringing goods were seized from the company today at IFA, a leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin.
“iRobot has made significant investments to protect its intellectual property. The company has sold more than 10 million home robots worldwide and intends to protect its patent portfolio by the appropriate means available domestically and abroad,” said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot.
iRobot's patent portfolio now contains more than 200 U.S. patents and 195 non-U.S. patents. The iRobot Home Robots business unit holds over 100 patents, 37 of which cover the Roomba® vacuum cleaning robot. Additional detail on iRobot intellectual property and patents can be found at www.irobot.com\patents.
Earlier this year, iRobot initiated legal action against four companies involved in selling the Solac Ecogenic AA3400 robotic vacuum cleaning robot based on five European patents held by iRobot.
In 2011, iRobot achieved a successful settlement with New Majestic S.p.A. after enforcing patents EP 1 969 438 and EP 2 251 757 in Italy.
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, its defense & security robots protect those in harm’s way, and its remote presence robots enable virtual presence from anywhere in the world. iRobot’s products feature proprietary technologies incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
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