Honeywell Takes Legal Action Against Opticon, Claiming Patent Infringement Related To Barcode Scanning Technology

Honeywell Takes Legal Action Against Opticon, Claiming Patent Infringement Related To Barcode Scanning Technology

Honeywell, an industry leader in scanning and productivity solutions, took legal action today against Opticon, a Japan-based company that manufactures scan engines and barcode readers, accusing Opticon of infringing Honeywell’s patents.

Honeywell filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), asking it to prevent Opticon from importing products that infringe Honeywell’s patents into the United States. Honeywell also filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Opticon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Both actions allege infringement of multiple patents related to Honeywell’s barcode scanning technology. The patents involved in the lawsuit are for Honeywell innovations that make barcode readers easier to use and operate faster and more accurately. Honeywell believes that Opticon engaged in widespread infringement of its patents.

The ITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters that affect trade and commerce, including intellectual property infringement. In its complaint, Honeywell has asked the ITC to investigate its claims, determine whether Opticon’s barcode readers and scan engines infringe Honeywell’s patents, and, if so, issue an exclusion order barring their importation into the U.S., as well as issuing cease-and-desist orders prohibiting Opticon from selling its infringing products.

The Honeywell patents involved in the ITC and district court actions filed today are:

  • U.S. Patent No. 9,659,199: “Terminal with flicker-corrected aimer and alternating illumination”
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,465,970: “Image reader comprising CMOS based image sensor array”
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,978,985: “Image reader comprising CMOS based image sensor array”
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,794,520: “Method and apparatus for operating indicia reading terminal including parameter determination”
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,527,206: “Method of setting the time duration of illumination from an LED-based illumination array employed in a digital-based code symbol reader, using an image-processing based illumination metering program executed therewithin”
  •  U.S. Patent No. 7,159,783: “Customizable optical reader”
  •  U.S. Patent No. 7,148,923: “Methods and apparatus for automatic exposure control”

Honeywell has and continues to invest millions of dollars in developing new, innovative products and offerings, and the result of that investment is thousands of patents in the United States and around the world. Honeywell helped pioneer the barcode scanning market in the 1970s, and over the years its new innovations have helped retailers, distributors and industrial users achieve significant improvements in efficiency, speed and accuracy in their operations.

This is not the first time that Honeywell has looked to the ITC to protect its scanning-related intellectual property from infringement. In 2017, Honeywell initiated an action against The Code Corporation for infringement of several patents covering improvements in scan engines and barcode readers. Honeywell reached a confidential settlement with Code in 2018.

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