Banertek LLC v. ecobee, Inc. (17-cv-12276).

Banertek sued ecobee, a Canadian company, for infringing U.S. Patent 6,839,731, “System and Method for Providing Data Communication in a Network Device.  Ecobee makes smart wi-fi thermostats and room sensors that, according to the complaint, communicate through a central communication device (e.g., a server) with sensors, heating/air conditioning equipment, and smartphones or tablets in a way that infringes the ‘731 patent.  Direct, contributory and induced infringement are alleged.  The case has been assigned to Judge Saris.

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