Patent Suit Over Robot Technology Settled Against Canadian Company

Law360, New York (August 28, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- iRobot, maker of an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner, prevailed in Massachusetts district court Friday against a Canadian rival accused of copying the company’s high-tech, disc-shaped robot.

Ontario-based Urus Industrial Corporation and its Koolatron division were sued in May for patent, copyright and trade dress infringement in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts. Judge Richard G. Stearns entered a final consent judgment that the patents were enforceable and had been infringed.

The patents specifically cover iRobot’s roboted obstacle detection system and its method and system for multi-mode coverage...
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