Logitech tells UEI to stop raining on its patent parade

Peripheral product maker Logitech has gone all hurt and rejected after a company sued it on Friday over 17 patents.

Universal Electronics Inc (UEI) filed the suit after negotiations between it and Logitech broke down. Logitech appears to have forced UEI’s hand by refusing to renew licences on the patents  that relate to Harmony remote control technology.

Logitech claims that the patents, which it licensed back in 2004 after a previous lawsuit had expired, that some of them didn’t apply to products. Of the 17 different patents, Logitech claimed that it didn’t infringe 14 of them.

“Logitech respects the intellectual property rights of others and has a history of purchasing or licensing patents,” it said in a statement. “We are confident that Logitech does not need a licence from UEI. We believe that UEI’s lawsuit is without merit and we are confident that we will prevail in court.”

We are confident that lawyers acting for UEI and Logitech will prevail in court by trousering vast amounts of money while the argy bargy takes its oh so familiar route to a settlement.