Orange County Based Universal Electronics Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit

By Joseph Mandour on March 12, 2012

remotecontrol-inside-200x150 Orange County – Global wireless control technology leader Universal Electronics has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Universal Remote Control in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The Orange County-based Universal Electronics is reportedly seeking an injunction against the alleged infringement in addition to monetary damages.

In its complaint, Universal Electronics is alleging that Universal Remote Control is infringing its United States Patent No. 5,414,426, entitled “Favorite Key Macro Command and Chained Macro Command in Remote Control, US Patent No. 5,568,367 entitled “Remote Control with Key Lighting,” US Patent No. 5,614,906 entitled “Method for Selecting a Remote Control Command Set,” and US Patent No. 6,587,067 B2 entitled “Universal Remote Control with Macro Command Capabilities.

“Universal Electronics has built a reputation as a trusted advisor in control technology applications,” stated Paul Arling, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We spend significant resources in research and development, and are proud of our innovation and industry leadership in control technology. We have tried to resolve this issue amicably with Universal Remote Control, but unfortunately, our efforts were not successful,” added Arling.

Last July, Universal Electronics sued Logitech, Inc., Logitech International S.A. and Logitech Europe S.A. for patent infringement, claiming that they had stolen the remote control-related technology for seventeen patents. That lawsuit further contends that while negotiations for a renewed licensing agreement didn’t pan out, Logitech continued to sell the Universal Electronics products that were covered under the previous agreement without permission or reimbursement.

Headquartered in Cypress, CA, Universal Electronics designs, manufactures and markets technological solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems. Founded in 1986, the company sells and licenses wireless control products through distributors and retailers under the One For All brand name. Universal Electronics’ portfolio of over 130 patented technologies and database of infrared control software has been used by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. Currently, the company has hundreds of pending patent applications for its technologies in the United States and other countries.

Due to its policy on pending legal issues, Universal Remote Control, Inc. was unable to comment on the allegations.

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