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Issue #2003 - 28 (November 2003)
(Updated Nov. 4, 2003)


Padcom® Files Patent Infringement Suit for Wireless Network Roaming Technology

Source: Padcom press release

Bethlehem, PA - Padcom®, Inc., a leading technology company specializing in developing, licensing, selling and servicing software and hardware products that enhance connectivity for wireless network users, filed a complaint today alleging patent infringement of two patents on Padcom's wireless roaming technology. The technology, primarily used now in the public safety and utilities' industries, has potential broad applicability across many other industries as companies' wireless data and dispatch needs continue to expand beyond the capacity of any one single network. 

"We realized the importance of this technology from the time it was invented by Padcom®, and, while we knew it would be of interest to competitors, as we state in the complaint, we are disappointed to see an unlicensed competitor deliberately utilizing it," said Charles F. Cleary, Padcom® CEO and President. "We now have no choice but to vigorously defend our investment and research. We will not sit idly by and watch the technology that we own be infringed upon." 

The claim, filed against NetMotion Wireless, Inc. of Seattle, WA and Database Solutions, Inc. of Wilmington, Del., alleges patent infringement, tortious interference with prospective contractual relations and business expectancy, and common law unfair competition. The complaint, which seeks a judgment against both defendants for infringement and related economic damages, was filed this morning in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. At issue are Padcom's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,418,324 and 6,198,920, as the technology of these patents supports Padcom's TotalRoam® Mobile Data Software solutions, including TotalRoam® Mobile Virtual Network, which enables roaming across multiple active networks. 

"The patents we are seeking to enforce are the basis for significant technological advances, particularly for this country's public safety, transportation, and utility industries. It enables professionals, such as police officers, utility field workers, and firefighters, to seamlessly roam across multiple active networks without losing their connection. The ability to stay connected in this manner vastly improves the way their business is conducted," added Cleary. "And the technology reaches far beyond that as more companies realize that no single network can address their wireless needs. This market is ready for expansive growth and our technology sits at the heart of enabling it."

Padcom's complaint alleges that defendant NetMotion Wireless entered the communications networking market subsequent to Padcom®, and infringed upon Padcom's technology with its NetMotion Wireless' Mobility software. Database Solutions, the complaint also alleges, serves as a reseller for the infringing products, offering the accused products to customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The complaint further alleges that NetMotion Wireless interfered with negotiations between Padcom® and AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., and entered into its own contract with AT&T Wireless to include NetMotion Wireless' infringing products in packaged services offered for sale to the public throughout the United States.

U.S. Patent No. 6,418,324, entitled "Apparatus and Method for Transparent Wireless Communication Between a Remote Device and Host System" was duly issued on July 9, 2002. U.S. Patent No. 6, 198,920, entitled "Apparatus and Method for Intelligent Routing of Data Between a Remote Device and a Host System" was duly issued on March 6, 2001. 

For more information: http://www.padcom-usa.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This intellectual property suit is interesting and has significant ramifications if Padcom wins. Ability to roam across wireless wide area and local area networks is going to be extremely important. There is a lot of gold out there for Padcom if its patent covers common technological approach of comparing signal strength from different networks and then connecting to the one with stronger signals. We intend to quiz Padcom on that and report to the readers.

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