Court Denies Summary Judgment of Patent Invalidity; ROMER v. FARO Case Continues to Previously Scheduled Trial of January 2006

Nov 16, 2005, 00:00 ET from Hexagon Metrology

    NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- At a hearing on November 14
 in ROMER CimCore's ongoing Lawsuit against FARO Technologies, Inc., Lake Mary,
 Florida (Nasdaq:   FARO), the Court denied FARO's motion for summary judgment of
 patent invalidity.  (CimCore Corp., et al. v. Faro Technologies, Inc., Civil
 Action No. 03-CV-2355 B(WMc)).
     The Court's decision strengthens the validity of the patent-in-suit,
 ROMER's U.S. Patent No. 5,829,148 ("the '148 patent").  The Court also denied
 FARO's motion for summary judgment of noninfringement of the '148 patent,
 consistent with ROMER's claim that FARO's articulated FaroArms(R) (Platinum,
 Titanium, and Advantage), Gage(TM), Gage Plus(TM), ScanArm, Digital Template,
 and Control Station infringe ROMER's '148 patent.
     Finally, the Court denied ROMER's motion for summary judgment of
 infringement, concluding that factual issues existed for the jury to
 ultimately consider and decide. The case will now proceed to a jury trial,
 scheduled to begin on January 31, 2006, and expected to last approximately
 three weeks.
     "After a day's worth of oral arguments, the Judge decided to deny Faro's
 motion for invalidity, as well as both parties' motions relating to
 infringement," said Bill Gruber, President and CEO of Hexagon Metrology North
 America.  "While we're disappointed that he decided not to rule in our favor
 on the summary judgement of infringement issue, we understand the judge's
 decision to leave the issue of infringement to the jury.  We have a compelling
 case to make to the jury.  When the jury has the opportunity to hear all of
 the facts in this case, we remain confident of obtaining a permanent
 injunction and recovering substantial damages from FARO for its infringement
 of our patent."
     ROMER CimCore Inc. designs and manufactures portable coordinate
 measurement machines.  The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the
 Measurement group of Sweden's Hexagon AB (Stockholmsborsen: HEXA A), the
 world's largest provider of precision dimensional measurement hardware and

SOURCE Hexagon Metrology