Fed. Circ. Won't Undo Johnson Controls Unit's IP Loss

By Andrew Karpan (July 14, 2021, 4:53 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive video surveillance system patents owned by a Johnson Controls unit, affirming that the company failed to show the patents covered eligible subject matter.

A three-judge panel turned down an appeal lodged by Sensormatic Electronics LLC, a unit of Johnson Controls, the Irish building security, fire safety, heating, ventilating and air conditioning giant. Last year, a Delaware federal judge had thrown out a collection of five patents that Sensormatic asserted against Wyze Labs, a Seattle-based video surveillance startup launched by a group of former Amazon employees.

The patents, the earliest of which was issued...

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