iLife Technologies Files Texas Patent Infringement Lawsuits Over Fall-Detection Technology
Company's patents allow position and movement monitoring, evaluation in industrial, consumer applications
DALLAS, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys from the Dallas-based law firm Munck Wilson Mandala have filed federal patent infringement lawsuits on behalf of North Texas-based iLife Technologies, seeking to halt the unauthorized use of the company's patented inventions for groundbreaking technology that allows electronic devices in consumer and industrial applications to evaluate and report the movement and position of monitored items.
Four separate lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas allege infringement of eight iLife patents by defendants OnAsset Intelligence Inc., Philips Electronics North America, Philips Lifeline, Lifeline Systems Company, Pioneer Security Services Inc., Bay Area Vital-Link Inc., ActiveCare Inc. and Safeguardian Inc.
"iLife has been a client of the firm for more than a dozen years," says attorney William Munck, Managing Partner of Munck Wilson Mandala, "and we are proud to represent our longtime client in these important actions."
"We chose Munck Wilson Mandala because of the firm's deep understanding of this technology and proven track record representing inventors in high-stakes litigation," says inventor and iLife CEO Michael Lehrman.
According to the complaint, the defendants are using iLife's patented technology without consent for consumer and home healthcare products, including those that allow for remote monitoring of elderly users to ensure that they have care in the event that they fall or become disabled and are unable to seek help. In industrial applications, the technology also can monitor and track in-transit containers or cargo.
"This technology has many important applications," says Munck Wilson Mandala partner Wallace Dunwoody, "including helping seniors to live independently with safety and peace-of-mind, but that is just one embodiment of a broader invention."
"iLife's developers were visionaries," says Munck Wilson Mandala name partner Michael Wilson, who filed the lawsuits on behalf of iLife. "iLife recognized the value of these inventions and patented them. These lawsuits seek to enforce the law and stop infringers from using iLife's patents for their own monetary gain."
The lawsuits are iLife Technologies Inc. v. OnAsset Intelligence Inc., No. 3:12-cv05155-M; iLife Technologies Inc. v. Lifeline Systems Company, Philips Electronics North America, and Philips Lifeline, No. 3:12-cv05157-N; iLife Technologies Inc. v. Pioneer Security Services Inc. and Bay Area Vital-Link Inc., No. 3:12-cv05162-K; and iLife Technologies Inc. v. ActiveCare Inc. and Safeguardian Inc., No. 3:12-cv05161-L.
The iLife patents are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,307,481; 6,501,386; 6,703,939; 6,864,796; 7,095,331; 7,145,461; and 7,479,890. They cover systems and methods for evaluating movement of a body relative to an environment. According to the patents, the "body" refers to any object whose movement or position can be evaluated relative to its environment. The "environment," in turn, may best be thought of as the conditions and influences that determine the behavior of the physical system in which the body is located.
Munck Wilson Mandala is a technology-focused law firm with offices in Dallas and Marshall, Texas, with an emphasis on patent, trade secret and other intellectual property disputes. The firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio development, corporate transactions and securities, and employment law. Munck Wilson Mandala represents clients from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Learn more about the firm at http://www.munckwilson.com.
For more information on the iLife patent infringement lawsuits, please contact Mark Annick at 800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Munck Wilson Mandala
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