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Farsens offers wireless, battery-free ohm-measuring tag for sensor development; iDevices markets Bluetooth beacons; Cliq announces NFC-powered smartphone case; Craemer unveils RFID-tagged container for fishing industry; ams wins patent lawsuit.
By Beth Bacheldor

Craemer Unveils RFID-tagged Container for Fishing Industry

Craemer RFID-tagged smart fish box
The Craemer Group, a European manufacturer of plastic pallets, wheelie bins and containers, has introduced a smart fish box with an integrated RFID transponder designed for the fishing industry. The RFID-enabled fish box, Craemer reports, is built to enable companies operating within the supply chain to identify, track and trace information about fish, fishing grounds, and the quality and size of a catch. The fish box can transparently track fish throughout the entire process, from when the fish is caught to the point of sale. The information collected via RFID flows directly into fish auction information systems that are designed to let potential buyers purchase the fish before a trawler arrives in the harbor, the company says, thereby saving time and ensuring that the fish is taken to its destination faster. The solution leverages an EPC Class 1 Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C compliant transponder with an NXP Semiconductors RFID chip. It can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees to +70 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees to +158 degrees Fahrenheit) and has a read range is up to 3 meters (9.8 feet), depending on the type of reader used. According to Craemer, fish boxes without RFID tags can be retrofitted at any time. In addition to the RFID technology, the fish boxes feature a new system that manages water drainage to the front side, as well as an optimized base geometry for quick and easy drainage. In addition, the fish box offers improved stackability and user-friendly handgrips. According to Craemer, the new boxes are fully compatible with all standard fish boxes currently available on the market.

Ams Wins Patent Lawsuit
Semiconductor firm ams has announced that it has won a last-instance verdict against Melexis, a manufacturer of advanced mixed signal semiconductors, sensor chips and programmable sensor IC systems, in the patent validity lawsuit Melexis launched with respect to the European Patent EP 0 916 074 B1 covering magnetic field position sensor products. According to ams, the German Federal Supreme Court, in Karlsruhe, Germany, recently issued a final verdict validating the patent, which is exclusively held by ams, and nullifying Melexis' claim that the underlying contactless position sensor technology was not patentable. Given the patentability decision against Melexis, the existing first-instance verdict in the patent-infringement lawsuit against Melexis—and its German subsidiary, Melexis GmbH—is fully reinstated. This lawsuit covers magnetic field position sensor products and European Patent EP 0 916 074 B1. As a consequence, Melexis continues to carry the risk of financial damages for patent infringement being awarded to ams on the basis of the valid infringement verdict. "We are delighted by the Federal Supreme Court decision validating our patent which has been exclusively held by ams since 2003," said Bernd Gessner, the executive VP and general manager of ams' automotive business unit, in a prepared statement. "We are spending significant amounts of time, effort, and money to develop the technologies driving our products and will continue to vigorously defend our intellectual property (IP) against unauthorized use or infringement."

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