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FLIR receives “favourable verdict” in Raytheon lawsuit


November 25, 2014
By Anthony Capkun

November 24, 2014 – FLIR Systems Inc.—a global player in the design, manufacture and marketing of sensor systems that “enhance perception and awareness”—and its subsidiary, Indigo Systems Corp., say they have received a “favourable verdict” in a lawsuit by Raytheon Corp.

“Today’s finding from the jury confirmed our belief that Raytheon’s lawsuit was wholly without merit,” said Andy Teich, FLIR president and CEO. “We look forward to having this case behind us…”

FLIR says a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas rejected Raytheon’s allegations that, prior to its acquisition by FLIR in 2004, Indigo and FLIR misappropriated 31 trade secrets owned by the Raytheon, a company specializing in defence, security and other government markets.

According to FLIR, the jury determined that 27 of the 31 alleged trade secrets were not, in fact, plaintiff trade secrets, and that neither FLIR nor Indigo (now known as FLIR Commercial Systems Inc.) misappropriated any of 31 trade secrets that were claimed.

No damages were awarded against FLIR and Indigo, says FLIR, adding the court will decide whether to award FLIR and Indigo their attorney’s fees.