Williams Simons & Landis Prevails in ITC Investigation on Behalf of Leading Smart Home Technology Company
WSL attorneys Todd Landis, Fred I. Williams, John Wittenzellner, and Adam Livingston secured a high-profile win for client Vivint at the International Trade Commission (ITC), defeating a complaint brought by EcoFactor. The complaint, originally filed by EcoFactor in October 2019, accused Vivint and other companies of importing Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostats and smart HVAC system components that infringed on four EcoFactor patents, purportedly related to systems that can intelligently and remotely control the temperature in a home or building. In early 2021, the ITC made an initial determination in favor of Vivint, finding that there was no violation of Section 337 of the Trade Act. On July 20, 2021, Vivint prevailed yet again as the ITC released a final determination stating that it had reviewed the record in this investigation and confirmed the original findings.
Mr. Williams commented, “As usual, our trial team leads the industry in crafting unique, winning positions for our clients on infringement and other key issues, which were uniformly adopted by the tribunal in this case. Our partner Todd Landis was instrumental in preparing and presenting our case to the judge and succeeded in developing and pursuing the winning strategy for our client.”