According to a recent press release, ClearOne has filed further legal action against Shure for what it terms: “trade secret misappropriation and infringement of a ClearOne patent.” Shure strongly denies the accusations and intends to continue to defend their position in US courts.

ClearOne has announced in a recent press release that it has filed a lawsuit against Shure Incorporated for “trade secret misappropriation and willful patent infringement of a third ClearOne patent — U.S. Patent No. 9,264,553 (“’553 Patent”)” — in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

In response to the press release issued by ClearOne on 11 April, Mark Brunner, vice president of corporate and government relations at Shure Incorporated states:

“ClearOne is once again using litigation in the United States in an attempt to disparage Shure and recoup business losses resulting from its own failure to innovate and to provide effective solutions to the marketplace. Shure will vigorously defend against ClearOne’s meritless claims in the U.S. District Court, including the allegations that Shure inappropriately had access to ClearOne dealer pricing information, which ClearOne dubiously labels a “trade secret”. These allegations are simply further attempts to disrupt the channel. As with the previously asserted ‘186 and ‘806 patents, we believe the ‘553 patent is invalid and not infringed by Shure. We have appealed the PTAB’s recent ruling on the ‘553 patent and will continue to challenge ClearOne’s claims in the pending litigation and in this newly filed case.”

In this new lawsuit, ClearOne alleges that Shure has: “sought and obtained ClearOne’s valuable trade secrets, including trade secrets relating to its revolutionary Beamforming Microphone Array products, wireless microphone products, and audio DSP mixers.” ClearOne further alleges that “Shure has used its improper access to ClearOne’s highly confidential trade secrets to unfairly compete in the marketplace and harm ClearOne’s sales,” – a claim that Shure strongly refutes, especially as the alleged trade secrets ClearOne misleadingly refers to in its press release is simply deal pricing information.

ClearOne further alleges that Shure has: “willfully infringed ClearOne’s ’553 Patent by making, using, selling, and offering to sell its MXA910 and MXA310 products for use with a digital signal processor that performs acoustic echo cancellation,” – an allegation that ClearOne is yet to prove. ClearOne makes it clear that they:  “Are seeking monetary damages — including treble and punitive damages — for past infringement and injunctive relief to prevent the continuing infringement of ClearOne’s valuable intellectual property.”

AV Integration will continue to communicate with all parties to keep readers abreast of developments in this US-based case.