Jury rules for Faro in patent suit with Nikon
by SPAR Point Group staff
August 22, 2012
LAKE MARY, Fla. - Faro Technologies announced last week that
it received a jury verdict in its favor in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Massachusetts in the patent litigation brought against Faro by
Nikon Metrology, Inc. (formerly Metris USA, Inc.) and its affiliates in July of
2008. The court found Nikon Metrology's patent claims invalid. While
Nikon may attempt to appeal the decision, the jury verdict favorably concludes
this stage of the litigation, Faro said.
U.S. Patent No. 7,313,264, the sole remaining object of the
suit, was issued in December of 2007 and was related to Faro's laser line probe
accessory used with some FaroArms in the marketplace, according to the press
release. The U.S. District Court previously ruled in summary judgment
that Faro did not infringe a separate Nikon patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,611,617,
as initially alleged by Nikon.
"The resolution emphasizes the uniqueness of Faro's
technology. Faro carefully designs its products to ensure that
intellectual property rights of third parties are respected while maintaining
its own significant patent portfolio. Faro is prepared to defend itself
and protect its portfolio any time it is necessary to do so," said Jay
Freeland, Faro president and CEO, in a statement.