On May 23, 2017, Honeywell International, Inc. of Morris Plains, New Jersey, Hand Held Products, Inc. d/b/a Honeywell Scanning & Mobility of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Metrologic Instruments, Inc. of Fort Mill, South Carolina (collectively, “Honeywell”) filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.
The complaint alleges that The Code Corporation of Draper, Utah and Cortex Pte Ltd. of Singapore (collectively, “Code”) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and/or sell within the U.S. after importation certain barcode readers, scan engines, products containing the same, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,832,725 (the ’725 patent), 8,511,572 (the ’572 patent), 7,148,923 (the ’923 patent), 7,527,206 (the ’206 patent), 8,646,692 (the ’692 patent), and 9,323,969 (the ’969 patent) (collectively, the “asserted patents”).
According to the complaint, the asserted patents generally relate to barcode scanning technology. In particular, the ’725 patent relates to a barcode scanner with two sets of LED lights, where each set of LED lights emits a different color of light. The ’572 patent relates to a barcode reading system that allows the user to customize the decoded character string. The ’923 patent relates to a device and method for automated exposure control in a multi-tasking environment. The ’206 patent relates to a barcode reader with a modified imaging sensor to adjust to varied light conditions based on the environment around the barcode reader. The ’692 patent relates to imaging devices that use dual target auto exposure to automatically adjust to environmental conditions. Lastly, the ’969 patent relates to a barcode scanner that processes and selectively decodes frames based on image quality.
In the complaint, Honeywell states that Code imports and sells products that infringe the asserted patents. The complaint specifically refers to Code CR2600 (palm and handheld) products as infringing products.
Regarding domestic industry, Honeywell states that many of its own barcode scanners practice claims of the asserted patents. Honeywell specifically refers to its Xenon 1902h product as a representative domestic industry product. Honeywell further states that its domestic industry products were designed in the U.S., primarily in New York and New Jersey, and that such products are supported, maintained, and repaired in the U.S., primarily in North Carolina and South Carolina.
As to related litigation, Honeywell states that, concurrently with the filing of the instant ITC complaint, it is also filing a complaint against Code in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware alleging infringement of the asserted patents. Honeywell also refers to a pending litigation against Code in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, where certain entities are accusing Code of infringing various patents (unrelated to the asserted patents).
With respect to potential remedy, Honeywell requests that the Commission issue a permanent limited exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders directed at Code and related entities.