Arbitron Settles With Ipsos, Media Audit
January 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM (PT)
ARBITRON has reached two separate settlements on patent infringement lawsuits it field against IPSOS and with INTERNATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS (d/b/a THE MEDIA AUDIT). The original lawsuit alleged that IPSOS and THE MEDIA AUDIT infringed three U.S. patents relating to the PPM technology developed by ARBITRON.
On OCTOBER 23rd, 2008, ARBITRON and THE MEDIA AUDIT entered into a settlement agreement in which THE MEDIA AUDIT admitted that the three ARBITRON U.S. patents were valid, enforceable, and not otherwise subject to any equitable defenses. THE MEDIA AUDIT further agreed that, until the expiration of all three ARBITRON patents, they would not make, use, sell, offer for sale, test, demonstrate, distribute, or otherwise engage in activities that potentially infringe the three valid and enforceable ARBITRON U.S. patents. The settlement applies to any systems, methods and devices, such as the "Smart Cell Phone," which was developed by IPSOS and marketed by THE MEDIA AUDIT.
On JANUARY 13th, 2009, ARBITRON and IPSOS reached a settlement agreement effectively dismissing ARBITRON's patent infringement lawsuit without prejudice against IPSOS. As a result, IPSOS agreed to immediately suspend any and all efforts in the United States related to commercialization, testing, and/or marketing a portable electronics measurement system with regard to any and all forms of media until at least JANUARY 13th, 2012.