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RFID Consortium Brings Order to UHF Patents
News that Convergence Systems Ltd. has joined the patent pool is another sign that the RFID industry is maturing and has dealt effectively with intellectual property issues.
The patent pool system tries to reduce this kind of litigation, which slows adoption (Walmart shut down its RFID efforts after being sued by Round Rock). It offers a way for technology solution providers to gain access to a broad range of relevant patents at a reasonable cost, thereby reducing the need for vendors to sue one another.
Alan Melling, a spokesperson for the RFID Consortium, told me that his organization offers an efficient, cost-effective way to obtain rights under multiple patents held by all consortiums members. "We put out the press release because we want to publicize that the consortium exists," Melling explained, "and other RFID companies can avail themselves of the patents in the patent pool."
CSL's arrangement with the RFID Consortium means it now has access to an international portfolio of essential UHF RFID patents for its tags, readers, antennas and modules, as well as other hardware. Joining will enable the company to develop the most cutting-edge products possible, given the intellectual property to which it now has access. It will also reassure CSL's customers that it has its IP in order.
The RFID industry is truly growing up.
Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.
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