Smartrac IP B.V. has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas against Safeguard, USFI and Douglas Ritter. Safeguard acquired the assets of USFI in 2015; Ritter was president of USFI and continues to serve as the president of the USFI business unit of Safeguard.
Smartrac alleges that sales of certain contactless transponder cards by USFI and Safeguard infringe certain Smartrac patents.
“We watch the market closely and enforce our patent rights where necessary, to protect the significant investments we make each year in innovative products and services,” says Thomas Hitzer, EVP Secure ID & Transactions Business Division at Smartrac.
Smartrac and its affiliates hold more than 1,000 patents and patent applications for technology, equipment, and the production of RFID components.