ROMER had sued FARO Technologies over US patent 5829148, which describes a way for articulated arm coordinate measurement machines to rotate their swivel axis without encountering a hard stop.
ROMER has a 8-year-old patent on a four-jointed arm; FARO's arm has three joints, and its design predates the ROMER patent by 17 years.
The jury in San Diego, CA found unanimously that ROMER's patent is valid, but not that FARO infringed on it. The judge ordered a new trial with a new jury in April. So, naturally, the two combatants are declaring victory with last week's event:
ROMER and subsidiary CimCore design and manufactures portable coordinate measurement machines; ROMER, in turn, is a subsidiary of Hexagon of Sweden.
FARO Technologies manufactures portable, computerized measurement devices, and is based in USA.
Faro filed for re-examination of ROMER's patent, and the US Patent Office has preliminarily rejected some of ROMER's claims. ROMER immediately provided more info in an attempt hang on to its patent.
The excitment mounts....