Digital Ally announces denial of Axon request to invalidate ‘452 patent
Digital Ally (DGLY) announces a significant victory in its legal battles against Axon Enterprise (AAXN).
On July 6, the U.S. Patent Office denied Axon’s petition for inter partes review, or IPR, of Digital’s Patent No. 9,253,452.
The Patent Office rejected every single ground of invalidity that Axon put forward challenging claims 7-10 and 20. These are the exact claims at issue in Digital’s litigation against Axon.
The Patent Office further found that “…the information presented [by Axon] in the Petition does not establish a reasonable likelihood that would prevail in showing the unpatentability of any of the challenged claims on the grounds set forth in the Petition.”
The ‘452 Patent generally covers the automatic activation and coordination of multiple recording devices in response to a triggering event such as a law enforcement officer activating the light bar on the vehicle.
This pioneering invention eliminates the burden of manually activating multiple recording devices when law enforcement officers are responding to an emergent situation. This invention will help to guarantee that all relevant evidence is captured, even if an officer forgets to activate his cameras.
With this loss, the company believes that the practical availability of Axon’s litigation defenses is now severely limited, principally leaving infringement and damages to be resolved.
Additionally, because Axon waited until nearly the expiration of its one-year time limit within which to file the most recent IPRs, Axon is now barred from filing any further IPRs against the ‘452 Patent, as well as against Digital’s Patent No. 8,781,292.
Digital Ally, Inc. produces digital video imaging and storage products for use in law enforcement, security, and commercial applications in the United States and internationally.
Axon Enterprise, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) worldwide. The company operates through two segments, TASER Weapons and Axon.
DGLY closed at $3.15, shares are up more than $2 in Friday’s pre-market trading. AAXN closed at $25.05.
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