iRobot agreement with Micro-Star in patent dispute

iRobot Corp, a provider of consumer robots and maker of the Roomba vacuuming robot, said it reached a confidential agreement with Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. (MSI), a computer and component manufacturer.

iRobot  said that as part of the agreement, MSI agreed to exit the robotic cleaning industry worldwide and will compensate iRobot with a confidential monetary payment.

The remaining terms of the settlement are confidential.

“This settlement represents the first successful milestone on the enforcement effort iRobot initiated earlier this year,” said Glen Weinstein, chief legal officer at iRobot.

“Since being founded more than 25 years ago, iRobot has made significant investments in R&D and intellectual property to innovate and bring consumer robotic technologies to market worldwide.

“The agreement by MSI to exit the robotic cleaning industry signifies the value of iRobot’s intellectual property and the company’s efforts to protect it.”

iRobot said that as part of the agreement, iRobot has agreed to remove the Hoover Quest 600, 700, and 800 products sold and/or distributed by Hoover, Inc. from the pending U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) investigation No. 337-TA-1057 and the United States District Court of Massachusetts Case No. 1:17-cv-10647.

“The actions involving the Hoover Quest 1000 product as well as the products from Bissell Homecare, Inc., bObsweep, Inc., bObsweep USA, the Black & Decker Corporation, Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., Shenzhen ZhiYi Technology Co., Ltd., Matsutek Enterprises Co., Ltd., and Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd will proceed,” said iRobot.

iRobot said an evidentiary hearing in the ITC investigation is scheduled for March 2018.