Nov 7, 2008
Biamp Systems, global manufacturer of audio and conferencing solutions equipment, has announced today that it will appeal a judgment against it in the United States District Court of Central Utah in a lawsuit with ClearOne®, a provider of audio conferencing systems.
In 2007, ClearOne named Biamp Systems as co-defendant in a suit claiming that it knowingly licensed an acoustic echo cancelling algorithm from a third party that ClearOne alleges was stolen from them. Biamp stopped using the software in question prior to the filing of the lawsuit, and has denied any knowledge or guilt in the case and maintains that the facts do not support the claims.
Company President Ralph Lockhart is adamant that Biamp Systems would never enter into a licensing agreement that would knowingly infringe on a trade secret or steal intellectual property from another entity.
"We were shocked when we were named in this lawsuit," said Ralph Lockhart, President, Biamp Systems. "We had absolutely no knowledge of any wrongdoing by our licensing partner, and we stand firmly by our innocence in this case. We are absolutely committed to clearing our name by vigorously appealing the matter to a higher court. Abiding by this decision would imply that Biamp engaged in unethical activity, and I can assure everyone that we are innocent of the claims against us, and vow to continue fighting until we prove it."
Biamp expects to receive word on the final judgment from the District Court in Utah in the coming weeks, after which it plans to file for an appeal. Biamp customers will not experience any changes in the delivery of the Biamp products or services they have come to expect from the company.
This pending judgment does not affect any of Biamp's products, or technologies including the Biamp TrueSound™ AEC Algorithm used in Biamp conferencing products including AudiaFLEX and NexiaTC.
About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each one with a commitment to exceptional customer service.
Biamp is dedicated to creating products that drive the evolution of communication through sight and sound. The award-winning Biamp product suite includes: Tesira® media system for digital audio and video networking, Devio® collaboration tool for modern workplaces, Audia® digital audio platform, Nexia® digital signal processors, and Vocia® networked public address and voice evacuation system. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, huddle rooms, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses and multi-building facilities.
Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, New York. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.
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