For 50 years, retailers have used Tyco’s genuine Sensormatic acousto-magnetic labels, designed for optimal performance with Tyco’s detection and deactivation systems. More than five billion products are protected by Sensormatic AM labels each year.
The injunction orders against Century Europe and ReTec are both related to AM labels designed to prevent theft in retail stores by triggering an alarm when live labels pass through Tyco’s Sensormatic brand AM electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems. Both defendants, Century Europe and ReTec, acknowledged the preliminary court orders as final and binding rulings having the same effect as a final judgment.
The patent family of European Patent No. 0,922,274 is in force in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, China, and Japan. In Foshan, China, Tyco has filed a lawsuit against Ningbo Signatronic Technologies for the manufacturing and sale of certain labels. This lawsuit is currently pending a decision from the court.
“Tyco vigorously protects its intellectual property rights and its leading Sensormatic brand,” said Bjoern Petersen, president of Tyco Retail Solutions. “Our genuine Sensormatic AM labels are an integral part of Sensormatic anti-shoplifting systems, which retailers have trusted for 50 years. Sensormatic AM labels were designed for optimal performance with our detection and deactivation systems. Introducing non-Sensormatic labels may compromise the performance of and associated loyalty to our Sensormatic brand.”