ADT Sued: Remote Monitoring Patent Lawsuit

Author: John Honovich, Published on Apr 14, 2011

A powerful IP licensing firm has sued ADT and a number of remote monitoring providers for patent infringement. The firm, Walker Digital, claims that ADT and other surveillance companies violate their patent for an 'Internet Surveillance System' that they originally filed in 1998.

Walker Digital is a powerful force in patent enforcement. They are the company behind the Priceline patent and claimed to have generated over $200 million USD in patent licensing for their hundreds of patents. Walker Digital also recently filed suits against Google, Groupon, Facebook, etc. in cases unrelated to their surveillance patents.

Remote monitoring is widely viewed as one of the next big things. ADT is one of the leading promoters of this service. Remote monitoring holds the promise of reducing expenditures on guards and providing a surveillance service with strong, clearly demonstrated ROI. Interestingly, remote monitoring also greatly benefits from video analytics for generating alerts. Analytics themselves are under attack from patent lawsuits (review the OV analytics lawsuit campaign).

The case was filed this week and also names publicly traded Iveda Solutions and retail provider Westec, among others. We will continue to update as the lawsuit makes its way through the court system.

UPDATE May 4, 2011: In the comments section, two industry veterans make the case that significant prior art exists that should invalidate the Walker Digital patents. Read the comments for full details.

* ******** ** ********* **** *** **** *** *** * number ** ****** ********** ********* *** ****** ************. *** ****,****** *******, ****** ********** ***** ************ ********* ******* ***** ****** *** ** '******** Surveillance ******' **** **** ********** ***** ** ****.

****** ******* ** * ******** ***** ** ****** ***********. **** are *** ******* ****** *** ********* ****** *** ******* ** have ********* **** $*** ******* *** ** ****** ********* *** their ******** ** *******. ****** ******* **** ******** ********** ******* ******, *******, ********, ***. ** ***** ********* ** ***** ************ *******.

****** ********** ** ****** ****** ** *** ** *** **** big ******. *** ** *** ** *** ******* ********* ** this *******. ****** ********** ***** *** ******* ** ******** ************ on ****** *** ********* * ************ ******* **** ******, ******* demonstrated ***. *************, ****** ********** **** ******* ******** **** ***** analytics *** ********** ******. ********* ********** *** ***** ****** **** patent ******** (****** ***** ********* ******* ********).

*** **** *** ***** **** **** *** **** ***** ******** traded***** ************ ****** **************, ***** ******. ** **** ******** ** ****** ** *** lawsuit ***** *** *** ******* *** ***** ******.

****** *** *, ****: ** *** ******** *******, *** ******** veterans **** *** **** **** *********** ***** *** ****** **** should ********** *** ****** ******* *******. **** *** ******** *** full *******.

[***************]

**********

*** *******, ** ********* ********* *** *********:

*** *** ***** **** ** *** ********* ** **** ***** providers, ********* ***, *** '******, *****, *********, ******** *** **** and/or ******* ****** *** ******** ********** *** ************ ******** *** services.' *** ********* ******* **** *** **** ***** ********* *** for **** ****** *****.

*** *******

******* ** *** **** ******, **** *** *** ******* **** might ****** *** ************ ********:

  • ****** ***: ******* *** *** ** * ******* ******: "* ******* ****** to ****** ****** ********** ***** ********* ** ***** ** * data *******"; **'* ****** **** *** ********** ****** ********** ******** use * ******* ****** (** *******).
  • ******* ********: ******* ******* *** *** *******: *** ******* "****[**] * ******* to ** ******** ** *** ****** ******, ******* *** ******* is ** ******** *** **** *** ****** ****** ***** ******* at ***** *** *****." **** *********** ********** *** ***** ** self-monitoring. *** *******, ** *** **** * *** *** *** monitoring ** **** **** **** ** *****, ***., **** **** not ****** ** ** *******.
  • ****-********** ********: ************ **** ****-********** ******** ******* ****** ***** ****** ***********. **** cite * *** ******** **** ** ****** *** ***** ******. This ** ******* *********** **** ******* ****** ********** ******** ** not **********.
  • *** *******: **** ** *** *** ******* **** **** *** ******** ** have ********: "********* * ******* **** * **** ** * user ****** ** ******* * ****** ********; *********** * ****** location ** ** *********; ******** ************* ******* * ****** ** the ****** ******** *** *** **** ******; *** ********* ***** to *** **** *** ********** *** ****** ******** ** ********** with ** ****** ** **** *** **** ****** *** **** in ************* **** *** ****** *** ****** ********** ********." **** of **** *********** ********* ***** ****** ********** ******** **** ****.  One ****** **** ***** ** ******** ** ****** *** ** 'amount ** ****'. **** ********* ****** * **** **** *** event. *******, * ***** *** ***** **** * **** **** falls ***** **** *******.
  • ****** ********** ***********: ** *********** "********** ** *** ******* ********* ** ******** ** a ********-***** ****** *** ****** **** ******* ******* ** *** general ****** *** **** ****** ** * **** ******* **** as *** ******** ** *** ** ** *** **** *** perform ****** ********** ***** *** *****." **** ***** ****** ** directly ****** ****************** ***** ** *** **.

******* ************

* *** ************ **** *** ******* ******:

  • *********** ****** ********** ******** *** ****-********** ****** ** ** **** from **** ****** ******.
  • '*******' ***** ********* *** ******** ** ** ******** ** ***** companies ********* ******* ** ********** ********. *** ******** ****** *** provides ****** *** **** *** ******* ** ******* ** ********** events.
  • * ****** ** *********** ****** ********** ********* *** ********* ** this ******* *** ***** **** * ****** ** ********* ******** for ****** **********.
  • *** *** ** *** ****** (****) ** * ***** *** concern. ****'* ****** ******* ** ***** ************ ***** *** ***** there **** ********* ****** ******* *** **** ******* *** ***** art ****** ** **** *** ****** ********** ******** ** ************. Westec ******* ************ ** ****** **** *** *** **** ** ***** '***** ***'.
  • ****** ** * ************* ******* **** * ***** ****** ** pursuing ****** ************ *****. **** ****** ** ********* ** * 'crazy' ****** *****.
  • ** ** *** ***** **** **** ******* *** ******* **** term **** ** ****** **********. ***** ****, *** ********* **** pay * ******* ** *******. **** * *** **** ********* significant ******* ** *** **** (*.*. ******) ** *** ******* should ** ******* *** ****. *** *** *********, *** ******* business ***** ** ****** ********** ** ******* ****** **** ****** licenses ****** *** ** ***********.
Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on Monitoring

Testing DMP XTLPlus / Virtual Keypad Vs Alarm.com & Honeywell on Dec 13, 2017
DMP has a strong presence in commercial intrusion alarms, but not in residential. However, the company's XTLPLus wireless combo panel and Virtual...
Imperial Capital Security Investor Conference Review on Dec 08, 2017
Investment bank Imperial Capital holds an annual Security Investor Conference where 60+ companies present, including this year: IPVM bought a...
'Catastrophic Problem' For Videofied App on Dec 06, 2017
Less than 2 months after closing their DIY division DragonFly, Videofied has been hit with a problem the company calls 'catastrophic'. Now the...
Nest Secure Alarm System Tested on Nov 16, 2017
Google's expansion continues, this time into home security with their Nest subsidiary's move into alarm systems. They paid more than a...
Milestone XProtect Essential+ Free VMS Tested on Nov 09, 2017
Milestone continues to expand its aggressive free and low-cost offerings, with this year, Milestone releasing XProtect Essential+, part of their...
Honeywell Indiegogo-Funded DIY Intrusion System Examined on Nov 02, 2017
Honeywell did $39 Billion dollars in revenue last year, but they are asking the public for $50,000 (.0001% of revenue) to fund their Indiegogo...
Search More Important Than Live Monitoring - Statistics on Oct 18, 2017
Search is overall more important than live monitoring to integrators, according to new IPVM statistics.  The key themes found in integrator...
Exacq M Series Low Cost NVR Tested on Oct 12, 2017
With recent cyber security issues hitting NVRs and cameras from low cost leaders Dahua and Hikvision, users are increasingly seeking alternatives...
Surveillance Systems Remote Access Usage Statistics on Oct 11, 2017
Remote access is a major benefit and risk for video surveillance. It is a benefit because it allows users to manage security or review...
Honeywell Discontinuing DragonFly on Oct 05, 2017
DIY is a big trend in the intrusion market and threat to incumbents. However, Honeywell is discontinuing their DragonFly DIY video-verified...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Hiring Camera Calculator Product Manager on Dec 12, 2017
We are working on making the Camera Calculator even better and hoping you can help us find the right person to join our team. IPVM is hiring a...
Testing $20 WyzeCam, The Money Losing Amazon Vet Startup on Dec 12, 2017
This startup is perfecting the old adage: We lose money on every sale, but make it up on volume But it is no joke. The company, Wyze Labs, is...
Xiongmai New Critical Vulnerability - Same Manufacturer Whose Products Drove Mirai Botnet Attacks on Dec 12, 2017
The Chinese manufacturer whose products were primarily responsible for the 2016 Mirai botnet attack has a new critical vulnerability, confirmed by...
Robot Vandalism on Dec 11, 2017
Vandalism of security systems is a common concern. It is so common that camera vandalism statistics show that designers routinely sacrifice camera...
Access Controller Software Guide on Dec 11, 2017
Properly configuring access controllers software is key to a professional access system. These devices have fundamental settings that must be...
2018 Video Surveillance Cameras Overview on Dec 11, 2017
This report concisely explains the developments for surveillance cameras offered in 2017 and the state of offerings going into 2018, including...
Imperial Capital Security Investor Conference Review on Dec 08, 2017
Investment bank Imperial Capital holds an annual Security Investor Conference where 60+ companies present, including this year: IPVM bought a...
Integrator GPS Vehicle Tracking Statistics and Success Examined on Dec 08, 2017
GPS vehicle tracking is a growing but somewhat controversial topic. On the plus side, tracking may increases productivity by providing greater...
Hikvision NA Biggest Sale of 2017 on Dec 07, 2017
Hikvision North America has been relatively disciplined the past 5 months, reducing the number of sales and the breadth of what is on sale. No...
Security Integrator IT Expertise Statistics on Dec 07, 2017
20 years ago, putting physical security systems on IP networks was just emerging. Today, almost every system is networked in some way, IP cameras...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact