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RFID News Roundup

RFID Consortium, Convergence Systems Ltd. enter patent portfolio license ••• Thinfilm, Beneli AB partner to offer NFC label conversion services in Europe ••• River Island awards Byways Group exclusive RFID label supply contract ••• CISC Semiconductor releases compact test equipment for RFID ••• NXT-ID chooses Nordic Semiconductor's wireless BLE and NFC module for smart cards, wearables ••• Silicon Labs acquires Wi-Fi company Zentri ••• Terso Solutions to lead panel on health care, inventory automation using RAIN RFID technology.
By Rich Handley
Jan 26, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: RFID Consortium, Convergence Systems Ltd.; Thin Film Electronics ASA, Beneli AB; River Island, Byways Group; CISC Semiconductor; NXT-ID, Nordic Semiconductor; Silicon Labs, Zentri; and Terso Solutions.

RFID Consortium, Convergence Systems Ltd. Enter Patent Portfolio License

The RFID Consortium has announced that it has entered into a patent portfolio license with Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL). The license will afford CSL access to the consortium's international portfolio of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID patents for its tags, readers, antennas, modules and other hardware.

"By licensing the patent portfolio from the RFID Consortium, CSL is taking advantage of a centralized and cost-effective method for obtaining rights under multiple patents held by all of our Members," said Alan Melling, an RFID Consortium spokesperson, in a prepared statement. "CSL joins other major licensees, including 3M and Zebra Technologies, in accessing a portfolio of patents to allow it to build leading-edge RFID products and solutions. In addition, CSL is now permitted to use the consortium logo on its RFID products. The consortium logo on a product assures customers that the product is properly licensed through the consortium."

Jerry Garrett, CSL's managing director, added in the prepared statement, "The RFID Consortium license offers a streamlined method for CSL to access UHF RFID technologies critical to the development of our RFID solutions portfolio. This license provides peace of mind to our customers in all vertical markets we serve, including logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, access control, transportation, retail and military."

The RFID Consortium promotes the adoption of UHF RFID technologies by offering vendors access to patents essential to meeting the UHF RFID standards announced by EPCglobal and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This licensing program, the consortium notes, is intended to provide predictability and stability, as well as facilitate the widespread adoption of UHF RFID technology in order to improve efficiency in shipping, inventory management and other applications.

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