September 06, 2013      

BEDFORD?iRobot Corp. (IRBT), obtained preliminary injunctions against Chinese companies Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd and Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Electronic Ltd. (together: Shenzhen Silver Star) with the District Court of Dusseldorf.

The District Court of Dusseldorf granted the preliminary injunctions against Shenzhen Silver Star confirming that the vacuum cleaner robots of the types XR210, M-H688 and M-788 infringe all four asserted patents. Shenzhen Silver Star can appeal the Court?s decision.

The preliminary injunctions were served on Shenzhen Silver Star and infringing goods were seized from the company today at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin.

iRobot has made significant investments to protect its intellectual property. The company has sold more than 10 million home robots worldwide and intends to protect its patent portfolio by the appropriate means available domestically and abroad, said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot.

iRobot’s patent portfolio now contains more than 200 U.S. patents and 195 non-U.S. patents. The iRobot Home Robots business unit holds over 100 patents, 37 of which cover the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot.

Earlier this year, iRobot initiated legal action against four companies involved in selling the Solac Ecogenic AA3400 robotic vacuum cleaning robot based on five European patents held by iRobot
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In 2011, iRobot achieved a successful settlement with New Majestic S.p.A. after enforcing patents EP 1 969 438 and EP 2 251 757 in Italy.

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