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Digital Ally Announces the USPTO Confirmed the Validity of Its Revolutionary '292 Patent on Body Camera Technology

17-Jan-2016 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 4154
LENEXA, Kansas - Digital Ally Inc. , which develops, manufactures and markets advanced video surveillance products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial applications, announced in a press release that the United States Patent Office (USPTO) confirmed the validity of its revolutionary auto-activation technology for law enforcement body cameras. Digital Ally also has filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Kansas against TASER International, Inc. (“TASER”), alleging willful patent infringement against TASER’s Axon body camera product line.
 
Recognizing a critical limitation in law enforcement camera technology, Digital Ally pioneered the development of its VuLink ecosystem that provides intuitive auto-activation functionality as well as coordination between multiple recording devices. The USPTO has recognized these pioneering efforts by granting Digital Ally multiple patents with claims covering numerous features, such as automatically activating an officer’s cameras when the light bar is activated or a data-recording device such as a smart weapon is activated. Additionally, Digital Ally’s patent claims cover automatic coordination between multiple recording devices. Prior to this work, officers were forced to manually activate each device while responding to emergency scenarios—a requirement that both decreased the usefulness of the existing camera systems and diverted officers’ attention during critical moments.
 
The Patent Office just reconfirmed the validity of one of these patents—U.S. Patent No. 8,781,292 (“the ‘292 patent”). The ‘292 patent previously was subject to attack by TASER, who tried to invalidate it at the USPTO. TASER then prematurely claimed victory in its own press release before the process was finished. The USPTO ultimately rejected TASER’s efforts and confirmed the validity of the ‘292 patent with 59 claims covering various aspects of this valuable auto-activation technology.
 
Despite the USPTO’s recognition of the validity of the ‘292 patent, TASER continues to offer for sale, sell, and market its Axon technology in total disregard of Digital Ally’s federally protected patent rights. As a result, Digital Ally is aggressively challenging TASER’s infringing conduct, seeking both monetary damages and a permanent injunction preventing TASER from continuing to sell its Axon Signal technology.
 
 “Digital Ally is committed to developing advanced and intuitive law enforcement camera systems that integrate seamlessly with officers’ duties to provide minimal distraction even under the highest pressure moments,” said Stanton Ross, CEO of Digital Ally. “Our VuLink technology accomplishes that goal, providing countless options for automatically activating multiple cameras from numerous viewpoints and coordinating their event captures to facilitate evidence processing and preservation,” continued Mr. Ross.  “Given our investment and superior implementation of the technology and its importance to the safety of officers and our communities, Digital Ally could not sit silently while TASER misappropriated our intellectual property and used our very own inventions to compete against us,” concluded Mr. Ross.  
 
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