Doomsday Prepper Sues Avigilon, Dahua, Hikvision

Even for patent trolls, this may be one of the craziest efforts ever.

More inside.


Avigilon is being sued by John B. Adrian. Here's the complaint filed in Texas.

Adrian's patent is: 5,831,669 - "Facility monitoring system with image memory and correlation". It patents the concept of using a computer to detect something wrong using video. Ironically, the Supreme Court has recently started to strike down these silly 'on a computer' patents.

The complaint is bare bones, with just 6 pages and featuring an incredibly basic mistake, claiming that, "On information and belief, Avigilon Corporation does not maintain a regular place of business in Texas, nor does it have a designated agent for service of process in Texas." Which is bizarre, as (1) Texas is listed on Avigilon's contact page and (2) Avigilon has been at pains to tell people that Texas is where their top employees are.

[Update: Adrian has also sued Dahua and Hikvision this year, as well. Here is the complaint against Dahua, and against Hikvision (plus Hikvision's answer). The fundamental claims are the same for all.]

Adrian is a multi-talented inventor, also having patented the "Safe for supporting a bed" which he has commercialized into the "BedBunker", 'recommended' by the Colbert Report (2 minute mark) for storing over 100 firearms.

Oh and he's been featured on Doomsday Preppers:

And, yes, according to that video, he is evidently a happy Axis / Exacq customer. Double burn for Avigilon.

If that nut is a fan of Axis and Exacq, it may be a burn on them.

-Hugh Jass, Super Secret Government Agent

Just because he's paranoid doesn't mean we're not all out to get him...

Since so many of you seem to fascinated with him and also like guns, here's his BedBunker:

Well, at least he's advocating locking the guns up. That's better than having them propped up in the corner of the room, loaded/safety off, where some kid can grab it and shoot another kid point-blank.

better reinforce your supports before you put that bed upstairs :)

Most of these customers live in bunkers or old missile silos anyway.

$5k for the bed bunker?!? No thanks. Plus yeah, I'm thinking I'll need to put a new I-Beam support into the floor just to hold the weight of the thing.

I'm so very sick of these patent trolls.