The openness of the International Standards Organization’s standards, including ISO 18000-6C, is a key to their attractiveness and the use of such standards in many worldwide applications.
On September 22, 2015, Neology, Inc. (“Neology”), a company based in California that provides RFID-based solutions to the same industries served by STAR Systems International, released a statement suggesting that the validity of certain Neology patents in relation to ISO 18000-6C had been “confirmed” by the US Patent Office. STAR Systems International is of the view that Neology’s statement is not only incorrect, but also very misleading.
In its release, Neology refers to a recent decision according to which the US Patent Office has accepted petitions filed by a third party for so called Inter Partes Reviews (“IPRs”) of four patents held by Neology (for two of the patents, all challenged claims will be reviewed; for the other two, some of the challenged claims will be reviewed).
An IPR may result in the complete or partial invalidation of the patent being reviewed. The decision by the US Patent Office not to accept petitions filed against two of Neology’s other patents (as well as its decision not to review some of the challenged claims in two of the four patents that are being reviewed) does not in any way signify a “confirmation” of the validity of these patents, as suggested by Neology. Moreover, the US Patent Office has not in any way opined on the applicability of any of Neology’s patents in relation to ISO 18000-6C.
Said STAR Systems International Managing Director Bob Karr in a comment:
We are confident that ISO 18000-6C will remain a strong and open standard for the use of automatic identification applications throughout the world. We have always been a proponent of open standards and will remain so as we continue to provide high quality products and support to our customers.
We appreciate the continued support of our customers, suppliers, and other partners.
About STAR Systems International
STAR Systems International is an RFID hardware, tag, solution and services provider, specializing in UHF RFID-enabled vehicle identification, supply chain management, warehousing & logistics, retail, library management and healthcare applications. Working through an extensive network of value added resellers and systems integrators, STAR Systems provides a wide range of RFID hardware, professional consulting services and technical support. STAR Systems is also the exclusive international distributor for STAR-RFID, a manufacturer of RFID tag products located in Bangkok. For more information on STAR Systems and/or STAR RFID, visit www.star-int.net or www.star-rfid.com.
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