Press release from: 06 December 2016

Smartrac files patent infringement complaint in the U.S. against Safeguard, USFI and USFI President Doug Ritter

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), December 6, 2016 – RFID and IoT Pacesetter Smartrac has initiated patent infringement proceedings in Texas, USA against Safeguard Business Systems, Inc., USFI, Inc. and USFI President Douglas Ritter.


Smartrac IP B.V. has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas against Safeguard, USFI and Douglas Ritter. Safeguard acquired the assets of USFI in 2015; Mr. Douglas Ritter was President of USFI and continues to serve as the President of the USFI business unit of Safeguard.


Smartrac alleges that sales of certain contactless transponder cards by USFI and Safeguard infringe certain Smartrac patents.


“We watch the market closely and enforce our patent rights where necessary, to protect the significant investments we make each year in innovative products and services,” says Thomas Hitzer, EVP Secure ID & Transactions Business Division at Smartrac.


Smartrac and its affiliates hold more than 1,000 patents and patent applications for technology, equipment, and the production of RFID components.


About Smartrac:
Smartrac is the world’s leading supplier of RFID products and IoT solutions, providing both ready-made and customized offerings, suitable for a large number of applications. Smartrac makes products smart, and enables businesses to identify, authenticate, track and complement product offerings. The company’s portfolio is used in a wide array of applications: access control, animal identification, automated fare collection, automotive, border control, contactless payment, electronic product identification, industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, retail, public transport, and many more. Leveraging its global R&D, production and sales network, Smartrac combines physical products with its Internet of Things platform Smart Cosmos, empowering the ecosystem of connected things. Smartrac has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


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Smartrac Technology Group
Karin Fabri
Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing
Phone: +31 203 050 150  

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