Verkada Sues Motorola Over Patent Infringement Complaint

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SAN MATEO, Calif. — Verkada is suing Motorola Solutions over a complaint it filed with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC).

In the complaint, Motorola claimed that Verkada infringed on patents held by its subsidiary, Avigilon, through the “manufacture and importation of certain video security equipment and systems, related software, components thereof, and products containing the same, including Verkada’s Dome, Mini, Fisheye, Bullet, and D-Series series of products.”

In the lawsuit, Verkada states that its competitors, such as Avigilon, have taken note of the company’s success and instead of competing, Motorola has sought to effectively shut Verkada’s business down.

Motorola’s complaint seeks to exclude importation of Verkada’s entire current line of security cameras allegedly infringing Avigilon’s patents. It also asked the USITC to issue permanent cease and desist orders preventing Verkada “from marketing, distributing, selling, offering for sale, warehousing inventory for distribution, or otherwise transferring or importing into the United States the infringing video security equipment and systems, related software, components thereof, and/or products containing same.”

The patents in question are:

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,868,912 (the ‘912 Patent): “Video Surveillance System Employing Video Primitives.”
  • U.S. Patent No. 10,726,312 (the ‘312 Patent): “System and Method for Appearance Search.”
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,508,607 (the ‘607 Patent): “Method and System for a Programmable Camera for Configurable Security and Surveillance Systems.”

The lawsuit states that Verkada requests the court to enter judgments declaring that it has not infringed on the ‘912, ‘312 and ‘607 patents.

Founded in 2016, Verkada has become an emerging leader in the physical security space with its Cloud-managed enterprise building security.

The company landed in hot water earlier in the year when a hacker group gained access to live feeds of 150,000 of its security cameras — giving hackers access to surveillance streams from companies like Tesla and Cloudflare, as well as schools, hospitals, prisons and thousands of other organizations.

SSI has reached out to Motorola Solutions and Verkada for comment.

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