RFID systems manufacturer Intermec filed a lawsuit against Alien Technology alleging the company's Generation 2 radio frequency identification tags and readers infringe 10 of Intermec's patents.
Intermec asked the U.S. District Court in Delaware for an injunction prohibiting Alien from selling the infringing products and for monetary damages.
Intermec also asked the U.S. District Court in North Dakota to dismiss a declaratory judgment filed by Alien, on ground that the North Dakota federal court doesn't have jurisdiction.
Everett, Wash.-based Intermec said it holds more than 150 RFID patents. In 2005, the company launched its "Rapid Start" licensing program to expedite other companies' access to its portfolio of RFID intellectual property; 20 chip, tag, reader, printer and wireless network manufacturers were selected to participate. Alien was not one of them, Intermec said.