Datalogic Scanning GmbH Brings Suit against Metrologic Instruments GmbH - Datalogic Scanning Alleges Patent Infringement

Datalogic Scanning GmbH, part of the Datalogic Group, announced that it has filed suit against Metrologic Instruments GmbH in the German Court for infringement of German patent 44 47 992, a counterpart to two U.S. patents, Nos. 6,974,084 and 6,991,169. The suit is directed to Metrologic’s family of bi-optic scanners including the Stratos H, Stratos E and Stratos S.
Datalogic Scanning GmbH Brings Suit against Metrologic Instruments GmbH Datalogic Scanning Alleges Patent Infringement Darmstadt, Germany, July 3, 2007 – Datalogic Scanning GmbH, part of the Datalogic Group, announced that it has filed suit against Metrologic Instruments GmbH in the German Court for infringement of German patent 44 47 992, a counterpart to two U.S. patents, Nos. 6,974,084 and 6,991,169. The suit is directed to Metrologic’s family of bi-optic scanners including the Stratos H, Stratos E and Stratos S. In the suit, Datalogic Scanning seeks injunctive relief enjoining Metrologic from continuing to manufacture, use, sell or offer to sell any such devices. In addition, Datalogic Scanning seeks monetary damages and its attorneys' fees. Datalogic Scanning’s Magellan® bi-optic product line, which embodies technology covered by the German patent now asserted and its two US counterparts, are the highest performing fixed point-of-sale scanners in the world and also have the most aggressive scan patterns in the industry. They quickly read bar codes on five or six sides of an item using Datalogic Scanning SurroundScan® 3D Scanning technology. With this technology, checkers no longer need to orient an item’s bar code, significantly improving checkout productivity and ergonomics. Intelligent decoding software integrated with the scanner allows the scanner to read poorly printed and truncated labels. Venture Development Corporation (VDC) ranked Datalogic Scanning first in a study of stationary bar code scanner shipments in both 2004 and 2005. VDC is an independent technology market research and consulting firm. Datalogic Scanning has been a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of retail bar code scanners for over 30 years. Datalogic Scanning developed the first bar code scanner used in retail Point-of-Sale (POS) for Marsh Supermarkets on June 26, 1974. Today, Datalogic Scanning is the largest manufacturer of fixed position bar code scanners with product offerings in presentation, single-plane, and bi-optic scanner classes. Datalogic Scanning has a legacy of innovation including the Magellan, the first bi-optic scanner with 360° scanning. "Datalogic Scanning has a strong IP portfolio related to bar code scanning," said Bill Parnell, CEO for Datalogic Scanning. "Defending these patents is key to maintaining our shareholder's value." Datalogic Scanning holds over 400 U.S. and foreign patents related to the design of automated data-capture equipment. The German patent at issue is directed to technology which is particularly important to the commercial practice of bi-optic scanning. In particular, Datalogic Scanning asserts that the German patent 44 47 992 covers bi-optic scanners that effectively scan on five or six sides of an object. About Datalogic Scanning, Inc. Datalogic Scanning, Inc., part of the Datalogic Group, is the recognized #1 worldwide leader in high-performance fixed position retail point-of-sale scanners and the #2 global market leader with the most complete line of general purpose and ruggedized handheld scanners in the industry. Offering a broad array of technology, products, and services in the retail automation and automated data-capture market, Datalogic Scanning supports multiple industries throughout the retail supply chain and distribution channel as well as manufacturing, government, healthcare, banking and finance sectors. Headquartered in Eugene, OR, Datalogic Scanning, Inc. has a presence in over 120 countries. Magellan and SurroundScan are registered trademarks of Datalogic Scanning, Inc. Datalogic is a registered trademark of Datalogic S.p.A. in many countries and the Datalogic logo is a trademark of Datalogic S.p.A. All other brand and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. For additional information concerning Datalogic Scanning products please visit www.scanning.datalogic.com. Media Contacts: In Germany: Udo Braster: udo.braster@datalogic.com or +49-6151-93580-20; United States: Marilyn Junkins: marilyn.junkins@datalogic.com or +1-541-683-5700.