Hart InterCivic Sues Avante Over Voting Machines

Law360, New York (November 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Texas-based Hart InterCivic Inc., one of the country's leading providers of electronic voting machines, has sued Avante International Technology Inc. for infringing a patent for electronic voting systems.

The complaint, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleges that Avante's Optical Vote-Trakker System infringes U.S. Patent Number 6,688,517, titled "Electronic Voting System." The patent was issued in 2004 and was subsequently assigned to Hart.

New Jersey-based Avante sells optical voting machines, which are essentially digital imaging systems for tabulating votes....
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