SecureNet, a B2B provider of turn key security, smart home and IoT solutions, has won a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Icontrol Networks Inc. in Sept. 2015. After acquiring Connect and Piper from Icontrol in March 2017, Alarm.com acquired the assets and certain intellectual property of these businesses, including this ongoing patent infringement suit. The suit was for $20,000,100 in alleged damages.
In a Delaware U.S. district court, SecureNet successfully argued it did not infringe on the three patents in question: U.S. patent numbers 8,073,931; 8,478,844; and 8,473,619, and that no damages for lost profits and no reasonable royalties were due to Alarm.com.
“We have a completely different architecture to our competitors that delivers a faster, better customer experience and we were very confident the court and the jury would see the difference,” said Andrew Wilson, SecureNet CEO. “It’s unfortunate we had to spend a tremendous amount of time, energy and resources defending ourselves; but, our incredible team stayed focused on our goal of providing our customers with the most innovative products and services in the industry. We’re genuinely excited about empowering our customers and end users with continued innovation.”
A representative from Alarm.com provided the following emailed statement to SDM: “In June 2016, Alarm.com Incorporated announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase two business units, Connect and Piper, from Icontrol Networks Inc. Upon closing of that transaction in March 2017, Alarm.com acquired the assets and certain intellectual property of these businesses, including an ongoing patent infringement suit filed by Icontrol Networks against SecureNet Technologies in Sept. 2015. The trial in that case completed Feb. 8, 2019, and the jury found that SecureNet had not infringed certain claims of the three Icontrol patents at issue. No Alarm.com patents were involved in this case. Alarm.com continues to hold over 400 patents and patents pending. Although disappointed in the outcome at trial, Alarm.com will continue to take appropriate action to protect its intellectual property.”