Zonar Systems announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Synovia Solutions LLC to seek "all available remedies including injunctive relief" related to Zonar's Z Pass student tracking product. Meanwhile, Synovia had no comment at this latest report as its attorneys were still reviewing the complaint.
Zonar is accusing Synovia of infringing on U.S. Patent No. 6,502,030, a patent under which Zonar developed and deployed Z Pass. The patent was granted to inventor Tom Hilleary on Dec. 31, 2002 for developing a web-based vehicle tracking system that includes a passenger identification device that registers when a passenger boards or disembarks a vehicle. Mike King, Zonar's general counsel, said it has since retained Hilleary as a consultant.
"Zonar is the sole owner of U.S. Patent Number 6,502,030, on which they have filed suit against Synovia for patent infringement, as is clear from publicly available records," added King. "Zonar developed the products which they offer for sale that practice the '030 patent from 2007 forward and is pleased to be able to offer those products to the pupil transportation market.”
The case was filed in California, E.D.Cal, 2:14-at-00591.
Zonar won the 2008 Product Innovation of the Year Award from telematics research firm Frost & Sullivan in part for the development of the Z Pass, and by 2010 school districts began implementing the technology. ZPass then won 2011 Edison Best New Product Bronze Medal.
"Zonar has made very significant investments in the development, deployment, and support of our Z Pass, ZTrak, EVIR, and other fleet management technologies," added Chris Oliver, chief marketing officer of Zonar. "We believe very strongly that intellectual property protection is critical to innovation, and our customers' interests are best served by enforcement of our IP."