Canon Sues Avigilon

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Jul 27, 2017

Canon, owner of Axis and Milestone, has sued Avigilon for patent infringement in US court.

This is a highly atypical move for Canon, pitting 3 of the largest players in the industry against Avigilon.

In this note, we examine:

  • What Canon is Suing Avigilon over
  • How Rare Canon's Suit Is
  • Avigilon's Intellectual Property
  • Avigilon's Statement to IPVM
  • The underlying issues behind this lawsuit
  • Outlook on competitive impact

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Rare ***** ****

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Avigilon's ************ ********

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Avigilon *********

******** **** **** **** *** "*** **** ** ******* ** active **********."

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Underlying ****** ****** *******

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Impact ** **** *** *********

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Impact ** ********

* ****** ******* ** **** ******* **** ** * *****-****** licensing *********** ******* *** *** *********, **** ******** ********** ************* reduced ********* ******* **** *****/****.

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Vote / ****

UPDATE - **** ** ****

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Update ******* **** - ** **********, *** ********

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Comments (12)

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