Case Name: Schwartz et al v. Unity Manufacturing Company et al
Docket Number: 2:11-cv-11093-BAF-MJH
Date Filed: 3/16/2011
Judge: Hon. Bernard A. Friedman
Status: Closed pending USPTO reexamination

On March 16, 2011, Plaintiffs Mark Schwartz and Mar-Rog Specialties, Inc. filed suit against Defendants Unity Manufacturing Company and Novita Technologies, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,411,175 (“the ‘175 patent”). The ‘175 patent generally relates to a motion detector and alarm system used to alert police officers to potential dangers during traffic stops by indicating when a person moves toward a police vehicle.

Plaintiffs argued that Defendants were developing an infringing competing product known as “Eye Beam”. Plaintiffs further claimed that Defendants had commenced developing Eye Beam after working with Plaintiffs to jointly develop the technology. Defendants answered that Plaintiffs’ patent was invalid and that Defendants were not infringing. On October 7, 2011, Judge Friedman issued a stay and administratively closed the case pending the USPTO’s reexamination of the Plaintiffs’ patent. The case has not been reopened.