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iRobot Tracks acknowledged as 'Trade Secret' in Court

The District Court for the District of Massachusetts granted in part a request for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by iRobot against former employee Jameel Ahed and his company Robotic FX, Inc., prohibiting use of critical features incorporated in Roboticc FX's Negotiator robot. The court assessed that the manufacturing process of tracks used with iRobot PackBot robots qualify as 'trade secret'. The actual trial is set to begin within five months. iRobot filed a separate lawsuit against Robotic FX in Northern Alabama for the infringement of two patents. The raw between the two companies escalated last month, as Robotic recently won over a quarter billion US Army contract to supply thousands of xBot combat robots. Last month the Army withheld the contract pending reassessment of Robotic's situation.


BAE Systems Assembles Team for FRES Integration & Support

BAE Systems presented the industry team assembled to compete for the vehicle integration and support of the Utility Version of the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES). The BAE Systems' led team includes QinetiQ, Cranfield University, GE Aviation, SAIC, and SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems.



 


 

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