09.08.08 | Banner & Witcoff Wins Final Judgment in IP Lawsuit

(Chicago, IL – September 5, 2008) – Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. is pleased to announce that it won Final Judgment on behalf of its client, Ionit Technologies, Inc., from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Ionit Technologies, Inc. v. Vision Controls Corporation.

In its Order, the Court rendered judgment in Ionit Technologies’ favor that Vision Control’s CAM line of products, its ACS management software, and its Chateau software development kit infringe Ionit Technologies’ copyrights in the software.

The Court also entered judgment in Ionit Technologies’ favor for unfair competition in view of the fact that Vision Controls had made false or misleading descriptions of fact and/or false or misleading representations of fact that were likely to cause confusion, mistake, or deception as to the affiliation, connection, or association of Vision Controls with Ionit Technologies as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of Vision Controls’ CAM line of products.

 

The Court further entered judgment in Ionit Technologies’ favor for intentional interference with prospective business advantage.  Judgment was based on the fact that Ionit Technologies had a reasonable expectation of entering into valid business relationships with various customers of Vision Controls.  Vision Controls knew of the expectancy and, despite such knowledge, Vision Controls intentionally and without justification or privilege interfered with the expectancy that caused the termination of the expectancy.

 

As part of its Final Judgment, the Court permanently enjoined Vision Controls et al. from (1) any further acts of infringement of Ionit Technologies’ copyrights and (2) any further contact or communication with Ionit Technologies’ customers in order to prevent any further interference with Ionit Technologies’ prospective business advantage.

 

In addition, Vision Controls et al. was ordered to forfeit for destruction its infringing devices, products, components, software, equipment, etc.

For compensatory damages, the Court ordered Vision Controls to pay trebled damages to Ionit Technologies in the amount of three times Vision Control’s gross profits.  Vision Controls also was ordered to pay Ionit Technologies’ attorneys fees’ and costs.

 

The Banner & Witcoff legal team on this case representing Ionit Technologies was Timothy C. Meece, Binal J. Patel, and Michael L. Krashin.

About Ionit Technologies, Inc.

Northbrook, IL based Ionit Technologies manufactures and distributes state-of-the-art digital video recording (DVR) systems used for security, management, surveillance, safety and control purposes.

 

With proprietary compression technology, Ionit DVRs improve the performance and reduce the overall cost of managing video. In fact, Ionit compression makes all other features—alarms, remote access, POS and PTZ controls – work efficiently and reliably.

The Ionit systems easily integrate with existing security and building system control products. Designed to meet the specific needs of an organization, an Ionit central server can provide monitoring and recording support for up to 3,000 cameras.  For more information, visit the Ionit Technologies’ web site.