April 7, 2016
Fish Wins Affirmation of iRobot's Preliminary Injunctions Against Shenzhen Silver Star in Germany
Munich, Germany, May 29, 2014 - Fish & Richardson has won a major victory for iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) in the District Court of Dusseldorf with the Court upholding full affirmation of four preliminary injunctions against Chinese company Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. With this ruling, the Court has affirmed that the question of infringement has been answered so clearly in favor of iRobot that it cannot be seriously expected that Shenzhen Silver Star will ultimately prevail in any subsequent main action proceedings on any one of the four European patents in dispute.
The decision, which came after a full briefing and hearing on infringement, prohibits Shenzhen Silver Star from distributing vacuum cleaner robots of the types XR210, M-H688 and M-788 within Germany. All infringing robots on the market in Germany are also now subject to impound and destruction.
Shenzhen Silver Star has brought separate nullity actions against the four patents before the Federal Patent Court in Germany. However, the District Court’s decisions reflect that Shenzhen Silver Star’s challenges to patent validity were deemed insufficient to merit lifting even one preliminary injunction. Shenzhen Silver Star can appeal the Court’s decision.
The same chamber of the District Court of Dusseldorf will hear the parties in a parallel lawsuit on the same patents versus Shenzhen Silver Star and three other companies involved in selling the Solac Ecogenic AA3400 in Germany which is identical to the XR210 of Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.
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. iRobot's patent portfolio contains more than 500 U.S. and non-US patents. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
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