DeLorme Loses Patent Case on inReach; Plans Appeal
On Monday the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a ruling against Maine's DeLorme. DeLorme is to pay $6.2 million for importing and selling its inReach satellite communications devices in violation of a consent order. The devices are used by adventurers like mountain climbers to share their locations and summon aid if needed. The 2013 consent order was made with the Virginia's BriarTek, a company that holds a patent on satellite text-based communications.
DeLorme president and CEO Mike Heffron stated Wednesday the company will be fighting the ruling either by appeal or by invalidating the patent. DeLorme has been trying to pivot from a more traditional mapping and data company to a navigation company. This is rather big blow to that move. Recall that DeLorme let go 10 employees in 2013 bringing its workforce to 75.
via reader Jon