Avigilon Sales Tactics Using Patents

I recently engaged with a consulting engineer who had engaged with Avigilon. He made the comment that he would never buy another product (only Avigilon) as he didn't what to pay patent rights for using analytics on other products. Puzzled I asked him to explain. He stated that Avigilon had informed him that they held the patent rights for video analytics and should he buy another product and use analytics he would have to pay licensing to Avigilon for the analytics. Has anybody else run into this type of marketing? Making claims and the question is are these claims, accurate and enforceable, as a vendor like Hikvision Bosch etc run their own algorithm.

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