Court orders injunction against iRobot PackBot competitor
Judge grants order to prevent former iRobot employee and rival from selling robot similar to PackBot.
The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts has granted iRobot its requested injunction against Robotic FX's Negotiator robot.
for the PackBot military robot.
iRobot is also suing Robotic FX's president, Jameel Ahed, as an individual. The company has accused the former iRobot employee of misappropriating confidential PackBot information he had access to while working at iRobot and using it in his company's Negotiator robot.
"The precise terms of the injunction follow in a separate Order, which shall be issued under seal because it narrowly specifies the trade secrets not to be infringed," U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner said in her order of November 2.
That separate order was filed by Judge Gertner on November 5, according to the U.S. District Court's official electronic document filing system.
The court held a sealed hearing on the matter over four days before coming to its decision. A pretrial conference is set for March 2008, with a trial to start no later than April 7, 2008, according to court documents.
"We are pleased with the court's decision," Colin Angle, iRobot's chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Robotic FX was not immediately available for comment.
have said that they are not in violation.