NILES, IL, April 28, 2017—On March 10, 2017, ClearOne, Inc. issued a letter to Shure Incorporated alleging that Shure’s Microflex® Advance™ Array Microphone, in combination with certain “acoustic echo cancellation products”, infringed patent rights arising from U.S. Patent Application Number 15/190,424 (the “‘424 Application”). The ‘424 Application issued as U.S. Patent Number 9,635,186 (the “‘186 Patent”) on April 25, 2017.
Shure strongly believes the accusations are without merit. Accordingly, Shure filed a pre-emptive lawsuit in Federal District Court in Chicago seeking declaration that the ‘186 Patent is invalid, among other reasons due to the existence of prior art, and that Shure products (alone or in combination with other Shure or third party products) do not infringe the ‘186 Patent. ClearOne subsequently filed a duplicative action in Utah that Shure believes is also without merit.
Shure intends to vigorously defend itself in this matter and protect its intellectual property, products, and customers.