SANTA ANA, CA — Universal Electronics Inc.
(UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC),
a global leader in remote control technologies, announced it has filed a
lawsuit in the United States District Court in the state of California against
Peel Technologies, Inc. (Peel), based in Mountain View, California, for patent
infringement. UEI seeks a permanent
injunction in addition to monetary damages against Peel.
decision to move forward with this action was made only after all other options
had been exhausted,” stated Paul Arling, Chairman and CEO of Universal
Electronics. “UEI has a significant
investment in these technological advancements, some of which are included in our
recent innovative products, but also used in many products dating back well over
10 years. UEI has a history of building
collaborative partnerships but, unfortunately, it sometimes becomes
necessary to protect our investments through legal channels.”
Since its founding in 1986, UEI has
been at the forefront of developing innovative control solutions for
traditional remote controls, introducing such industry standard features as
user-programmable macro keys, digit entry code setup, code upgradability, and
Additionally, UEI has long been an
innovator in the smart device space. In
early 2002, UEI, in partnership with HP, launched the first universal remote
control app (Nevo®) in one of the world’s first hand-held smart devices, the HP
iPAQ Pocket PC Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).
UEI continues to build on these early innovations,
expanding its knowledge and expertise for today’s global smartphone and tablet customers
that include many leaders in the market.
With millions of users of its core IR
code libraries and related technology and intellectual property, UEI has earned
a reputation as the industry innovator in the remote control market. With over 260 patents issued and pending, UEI
takes great pride in its intellectual property assets, as well as protecting
the interests of its customers and licensees.
In this lawsuit, UEI asserts
infringement by Peel of the following five United States Patents:
States No. 7,218,243, entitled “System and Method For Automatically
Setting Up A Universal Remote Control”;
States Patent No. 7,831,930, entitled “System and Method For Displaying A
User Interface For A Remote Control Application”;
States Patent No. 7,889,112, entitled “Dynamic Linking Of Codesets In
Universal Remote Control Devices”;
States Patent No. 7,589,642, entitled “Relaying Key Code Signals Through A
Remote Control Device”; and
States Patent No. 6,938,101, entitled “Hand Held Device Having A Browser
Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in
wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and
delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment
devices, digital media, and home systems.
The company’s broad portfolio of patented technologies and database of
infrared control software have been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in
the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI
sells and licenses wireless control products through distributors and retailers
under the One For All® brand name. For additional information, visit our
website at www.uei.com.
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