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CalAmp Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits to Protect Vehicle Location Technology
Friday, September 21, 2007
Oxnard, CA -- CalAmp Corp. (Nasdaq: CAMP), a leading provider of wireless products, today announced that it has filed complaints in the United States Federal Court against Procon, Inc., Skywatch GPS LLC, and iMETRIK Solutions Inc. for infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,025,774 and 6,249,217 B1. The patents relate to a vehicle location system whose purpose is to enable automobile dealers and finance companies to locate and repossess vehicles serving as collateral on loans that go into default. These patents were acquired by CalAmp through the acquisition of the Aircept Vehicle Tracking business from AirIQ in March 2007.
"We will protect our intellectual property rights and enforce our patents by all appropriate means," stated Michael Burdiek, President of CalAmp’s Wireless DataCom Division. "Although we have developed a licensing program for our technology that includes ‘CalAmp Certified’ branding and co-marketing initiatives, it is unfortunate that some companies have chosen to utilize our intellectual property without our permission. This segment of the Vehicle Tracking market is lightly penetrated by the advanced technological solutions we offer and it has a significant opportunity for growth. The patents that we believe are being exploited are a key element in enabling CalAmp to achieve the financial and operational objectives of its Aircept Vehicle Tracking business."
CalAmp’s Aircept Vehicle Tracking business provides both equipment and monitoring services for vehicle financing companies, including ‘buy-here-pay-here’ dealerships that specialize in automobile financing for high credit risk individuals. According to the 2007 National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Used Car Report, $75.8 billion in used car sales were financed in the United States during 2006 as Grade C paper or lower. Based on the average selling price for used cars, this represents an addressable market of nearly 9 million vehicles.
About CalAmp Corp.
CalAmp is a leading provider of wireless communications products that enable anytime/anywhere access to critical information, data and entertainment content. With comprehensive capabilities ranging from product design and development through volume production, CalAmp delivers cost-effective high quality solutions to a broad array of customers and end markets. CalAmp is a supplier of Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment to the U.S. satellite television market. The Company also provides wireless data communication solutions for the telemetry and asset tracking markets, private wireless networks, public safety communications and critical infrastructure and process control applications. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.calamp.com.
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