MIAMI — A Florida tech firm has filed a lawsuit against a
California corporation for an alleged patent-infringement act.
Hawk Technology Systems LLC sued Goodwill of Silicon Valley, which
is a part of Goodwill Industries International, for purportedly
infringing on a patent registered to the Miami-based tech company.
According to the lawsuit,
Hawk incurred damages following the alleged infringement of GWSV. The
complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California on Oct. 27.
The specific issue in question is Claim 12 of the ‘462 patent
registered under Hawk Technology’s name. According to the
plaintiffs, the California company used a substantially similar
system without authority. Aside from their claims for damages, costs
and other fees, Hawk Technology also urges the court to grant a trial
before a jury to deliberate the patent-infringement case.
The plaintiffs note that the Miami firm has become the owner of
all the rights, title and interest pertaining to ‘462 Patent in
accordance with the assignment from a New Jersey company called
Multi-Format Inc. Documents describe the ‘462 Patent as a
computer-based system used to monitor and store representative images
gathered from video cameras. These images could be used for security
or other monitoring purposes.
In their claims, Hawk Technology pointed out that the methods and
other systems used in the ‘462 Patent are all registered under the
company’s name. To be specific, these were invented by owner and
founder Barry Schwab along with Ken Washino. Records indicate that
Hawk Technology came into being in 2012 in an effort to market the
inventions of its founder. Aside from this disputed patent, Schwab is
the named inventor in more than 30 patents, which range from consumer
items to secure network computing.
Despite their documents, Hawk Technology was the focus of an
October 2015 article on Security Today's website about “patent
The article cited the Security Industry Association's definition
of a patent troll as an entity — whether a corporation or an
individual — that use “vague or overly broad patents” as the
basis to get settlement money from businesses under threat of a
Hawk Technology has allegedly filed more than a hundred cases
based only on ‘462 Patent, the article said.
“This is not new business for Hawk Technology. The name itself
is somewhat deceiving because they do not manufacture any products or
offer for sale any products or services,” Ralph C. Jensen said in
“Formed in 2012, their business is directed to owning and
enforcing the ‘462 Patent in litigation,” Jensen said. “They
have been busy. To date, Hawk Technology has filed more than 115
lawsuits for infringement of the patent, and such suits have been
filed in judicial districts nationwide.”
According to a lawsuit cited in the article, Hawk Technology’s
strategy is to ask for a lower settlement price compared with the
litigation costs. The article said that these practices are not