LIVERMORE, Calif., Oct. 12 Wiley X Eyewear(R), theindustry leader in the research and development of protective eyewear, won amajor court battle against PanOptx(R), Inc. for infringing upon Wiley X's U.S.Patent No. 6,062,688 (the "'688 Patent"). Under the settlement, PanOptx willhave to stop selling its Velocity CV and Warrior products to the military bythe end of the year, and to all other market segments by the end of 2008.PanOptx will also be required to pay Wiley X royalties on all 2008 sales ofthese products.
This is a major settlement for Wiley X, whose cutting-edge technologyprovides critical eye protection for the FBI, DEA, Army Rangers, Navy SEALsand other elite Special Forces Units. "While we would have preferred not tohave to litigate, we are very pleased that our patent rights have beenvindicated, and that infringing products will be off the market as a result ofthis settlement," said Dan Freeman, Vice-President of Wiley X Eyewear. "Weupheld a principle, and will not hesitate to do so again if our patent rightsare not respected in the future."
Wiley X Eyewear began litigation in 2005 to enforce its rights under the'688 Patent, which covers unique aspects of Wiley X's Climate Control Series.PanOptx has acknowledged the validity of the '688 Patent, which protects theunique technology behind the series' removable, air permeable shield thatprovides eye protection while preventing fogging. This affects sales ofPanOptx's Velocity CV series of frames -- including the Raptor CV, Sirocco CV,Diablo CV, Kona CV, Gust CV, Convertible CV, Solano CV, Bora CV, Churada CV,Whirlwind CV and Chubasco CV -- as well as the Warrior product lines --including the Warrior V-Zero Ballistic and Warrior Tactical models.
With 20 years of innovation in providing advanced eyewear solutions to themilitary and commercial markets, Wiley X is looking forward to continuing itstradition of providing customers with top quality eyewear. The company's HighVelocity Protection (HVP(TM)) eyewear is manufactured with shatterproof,distortion-free Selenite(TM) polycarbonate lenses, meeting ANSIZ87.1-2003high-velocity impact standards, in 14 lens tints to provide eye comfort andprotection in any environment. These lenses are matched with a variety ofhigh-performance, virtually unbreakable TR90 frames, available in a wide rangeof styles and attractive colors.
For more information on Wiley X Eyewear and their entire line ofhigh-performance eye protection systems, contact Wiley X Eyewear at 7491Longard Road, Livermore, CA 94551 - Telephone: (800) 776-7842 - Or visithttp://www.wileyx.com. For hi-res digital images and releases, please visitour online Press Room at http://www.bearemg.com.
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