RFID Case Pits Inventor Against Six Corporate Giants

Law360, New York (August 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A tiny Houston-based company has dragged five corporate giants into federal court in Texas, claiming they infringed on a patent related to miniscule microchips used to keep track of inventory.

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of RFID World Ltd., names Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; The Gillette Company; Michelin North America; Home Depot U.S.A. Inc.; Target Corp. and Pfizer Health Solutions as defendants.

The patent being asserted by RFID World is U.S. Patent Number 6,967,563—entitled “Inventory Control System.” The ‘563 patent deals with an inventory system that utilizes...
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