Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 2:30 PM
On the first day of February, Omega Patents LLC ("Omega"), the patent-holding arm of prolific inventor Kenneth Flick's Omega Research, a company specializing in vehicle security and convenience products, filed a stipulated dismissal in its Northern District of Georgia suit against General Motors (see October 18, 2012 post for more on this case). On the last day of February, Omega launched a new patent infringement suit in the Northern District of Georgia, this time against Enfora, Inc. ("Enfora"), a Texas-based corporation. Omega alleges that Enfora's MT 3000 and MT 3050 mobile tracking device products infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,346,876, U.S. Patent No. 7,671,727, U.S. Patent No. 8,032,278, and U.S. Patent No. 8,362,886.
According to the complaint, Kenneth Flick is an innovator in the vehicle electronics industry, and has invented improvements for the industry including those covering vehicle tracking and data bus products. These vehicle tracking and data bus devices allow for a range of functions and benefits, including simpler and more reliable installation and function of vehicle security systems, remote tracking of vehicles using GPS, and remote speed detection, among other things. Omega alleges that it gave Enfora written notice of "certain of the Patents-in-Suit" in December 2012, and that Enfora should have known about the patents even before that time, as the patent numbers were allegedly marked on products of Omega's licensees since 2008. Omega's simple, one-count complaint asks the Court to enter a permanent injunction, to award damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284, and to award attorneys' fees and costs under 35 U.S.C. § 285.
The case is Omega Patents, LLC v. Enfora, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-646-TWT, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, and is assigned to Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr.