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By Rich Handley

Court Grants Judgment in Favor of 3M/Neology Regarding RFID Trade Secrets Theft Litigation

Neology, a provider of integrated end-to-end solutions for the tolling, electronic vehicle registration (EVR) and public-safety markets, recently completed the acquisition of the Tolling and Automated License/Number Plate Recognition business of 3M's Transportation Safety Division. Prior to the acquisition, 3M had alleged the theft of its trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information by an ex-employee, Stephen C. Lockhart. Recently, a court issued a judgment on this case in 3M's favor.

Lockhart was exposed to 3M's trade secrets and sensitive information concerning 3M's traffic RFID products and services, Neology reports. The firm claimed, in a prepared statement, that it had invested time and money to develop the trade secrets and had used them to maintain its competitive edge within the industry. Lockhart then left 3M and joined Star Systems International, based in Hong Kong. 3M sued Lockhart and Star Systems in a Texas state court, and Lockhart admitted to stealing 3M's trade secrets.

The lawsuit concluded with a Consent Judgment in favor of 3M, which includes an injunction prohibiting Lockhart and Star Systems International from using 3M (now Neology) trade secrets. Examples of specific material that Lockhart and Star Systems are prohibited from utilizing include 3M RFID tag reader schematics, the password protocols for any 3M RFID tag readers, and any database or digital information collection regarding past customer problems with 3M RFID technology, as well as any information regarding the solutions to any of those problems.

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