Press release from: 27 June 2013
Neology and 3M Resolve Patent Litigation
SMARTRAC N.V. and 3M Company today announced an agreement between SMARTRAC N.V., its subsidiary Neology, Inc., and 3M Company. The agreement resolves patent infringement litigation Neology initiated against 3M and Federal Signal Corporation relating to businesses purchased by 3M from Federal Signal Corporation in September 2012.
The agreement gives Neology, SMARTRAC and 3M access to each other’s RFID products in the transportation market – Neology will have access to 3M’s multi-protocol readers and 3M to SMARTRAC’s and Neology’s tags and technology in the transportation market. This positions the companies as suppliers of 6C RFID technology to the industry. The agreement also includes a confidential financial arrangement.
Given the superior communication protocol and open platform of the 6C RFID technology, the companies will provide their customers the path to interoperability via the ISO 18000 6C standard.
Francisco Martinez de Velasco, Chief Executive Officer of Neology, stated: “We are very pleased and excited about the agreement. Our patented cutting edge technologies allow us to manufacture superior products and provide excellent integration services tailored to our customers’ needs. We are confident we will become a valuable supplier to 3M and its subsidiaries and look forward to advancing the 6C standard.”
Dan McGurran, Business Director, 3M Motor Vehicle Systems and Services, said “3M is pleased to have reached an agreement that will allow both companies to solve the transportation market’s pressing need for interoperability via the ISO 18000 6C technology. This will improve the efficiency of tolling and enhance the motorist experience.”
Christian Uhl, CFO of SMARTRAC, further noted, “We believe that our companies will mutually benefit from this agreement and we are delighted that we have been able to identify new opportunities to pursue together. We look forward to continue and intensify the collaboration and relationship between SMARTRAC and 3M.”
About Neology, Inc.:
As an early player in UHF technology and holder of important Intellectual Property in the industry, Neology is a leading provider of integrated solutions for the tolling, electronic vehicle registration (EVR) and public safety markets. For more information visit www.neology-rfid.com
About SMARTRAC:SMARTRAC® is the leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of RFID and NFC transponders and inlays. The company produces both ready-made and customized transponders and inlays used in access control, animal identification, automated fare collection, border control, RFID-based car immobilizers, contactless payment cards, electronic product identification, industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, mobile and smart media, public transport, retail, and many more.
SMARTRAC was founded in 2000 and has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The company currently employs approximately 3,600 employees and maintains a global research and development, production, and sales network. Tanja Moehler, SMARTRAC and Neology
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