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TruePosition Sues Polaris Wireless for Patent Infringement

Jul 31, 2012
Bruce Berman

TruePosition is a leader in mobile phone tracking for public safety

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In a case with broad ramifications for the growing field of mobile positioning technology, a suit has been filed by True Position, Inc. in United States District Court in Delaware to prevent the infringement of mobile phone tracking patents developed to address security issues and public safety concerns, including terrorist activities.

The U.S. patent, 7,783,299, covers monitoring links in a wireless network, and triggering on network events detected on those links. The technology has broad applications in anti-terrorism, law enforcement and public safety services worldwide.

TruePosition, Inc., a leader in the development of technologies that track cell phone locations for public safety and security, recently served a complaint on Polaris Wireless, Inc. for patent infringement. Polaris Wireless is a private company back by well-known venture capital firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Palisades Ventures.

Mobile phone technology is playing an increasing role in tracking criminals and maintaining public security. On July 9, an international terror suspect from was re-arrested for repeatedly getting too close to London's Olympic Park thanks to a GPS monitoring device that British authorities have used in special cases to track terror suspects who may pose a risk but cannot be prosecuted, PROSKAUERABC News reported.

TruePosition, based in Berwyn, PA., is in the business of providing services and equipment that determine the location mobile devices. The company provides location determination and intelligence solutions for safety and for national security markets worldwide.

Polaris Wireless of Mountain View, CA. provides services and equipment that determine the location of mobile devices, including software and equipment that is offered under the trade names “Polaris Wireless Location Signatures™”, “GSM Direct,” and “Altus,” among others.

The U.S. patent, 7,783,299, covers monitoring links in a wireless network, and triggering on network events detected on those links. The technology has broad applications in anti-terrorism, law enforcement and public safety services worldwide.

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that cell phone carriers handled 1.3 million requests from law-enforcement agencies looking for information such as text messages, wire taps and the location of callers in 2011, according to a congressional inquiry.

TruePosition’s technology can accurately locate any mobile phone in any environment, where other location technologies such as A-GPS cannot. TruePosition is uniquely suited to meet the location-based safety and security requirements of businesses and government agencies in disaster and law enforcement emergencies.

TruePosition technology was used in the wake of the 9/11 disaster to search for survivors of the World Trade Center terrorist attack.

The complaint states that TruePosition is seeking an injunction against Polaris Wireless, damages and attorney’s fees.

In 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a judgment with damages exceeding $45 million and a permanent injunction against Andrew Corporation, a division of Commscope, Inc., in TruePosition, Inc. v. Andrew Corp., 2009-1389 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 12, 2010). This case involved Andrew’s willful infringement of another wireless location technology patent held by TruePosition.

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