St. Paul Co. Awarded $5M In Patent Infringement Case

St. Paul Co. Awarded $5M In Patent Infringement Case

A jury found that Global Traffic Technologies’ patent involving technology for controlling traffic lights was infringed upon.

A St. Paul-based company recently won a patent-infringement case and was awarded more than $5 million in damages.

In a 2011 lawsuit, Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) alleged that its patent involving a “GPS-based traffic pre-emption technology” had been infringed upon.

GTT was formed in 2007 after spinning off from Maplewood-based 3M Company’s Intelligent Transportation Systems business. Its Canoga System is used by transit agencies to monitor traffic flow by providing real-time data such as traffic counts and speeds being traveled, while its Opticom TSP system helps agencies change traffic lights so that emergency vehicles or buses that are running behind schedule can move quickly through street crossings.

GTT’s products are installed in more than 70,000 intersections in more than 2,800 cities worldwide, according to the company’s website.

A jury recently concluded that three defendants—Rodney “Kris” Morgan, KM Enterprises, Inc., and STC, Inc.—had willfully infringed on GTT’s patent, which, according to U.S. Patent Office records, is for a system that “uses data received from a GPS to determine whether a vehicle issuing a preemption request is within an allowed approach of an intersection.”

The lawsuit alleged that the Emtrac System, a traffic-control management system sold by STC and KM Enterprises, infringed on GTT’s patent. The defendants claimed that GTT’s patent was invalid and was not being infringed upon, but a jury found Friday that they had willfully infringed and are responsible for $5.05 million in damages, according to a transcript of the verdict.

An attorney for the defendants was not immediately available for comment Thursday morning.

GTT CEO Doug Roberts said in a statement that the company is “pleased” with the verdict, adding that “innovation and intellectual property are cornerstones of our company.”

GTT was represented in the case by Faegre Baker Daniels, the law firm formed last year by the merger of Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson, LLP, and Indianapolis-based Baker & Daniels, LLP.

The firm said that it won the patent infringement case after an eight-day trial that included more than 25 witnesses.