GE Fanuc Automation Signs Agreement with Solaia and Secures Broad Rights to ‘318 Patent' | Automation.com

GE Fanuc Automation Signs Agreement with Solaia and Secures Broad Rights to ‘318 Patent'

March 102005
Agreement Releases GE Fanuc, GE, FANUC and Customers from Potential Claims Regarding "318 Patent"

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc., a unit of GE Infrastructure, announced that it has signed an agreement with Chicago-based Solaia Technology LLC, which provides broad rights to GE Fanuc Automation, GE, FANUC LTD of Japan, and their customers under the Solaia 5,038,318 patent. In particular, Solaia has released any potential claims on the '318 patent against customers for the purchase or use of products, software, services, equipment or devices made or supplied by GE Fanuc Automation, GE or FANUC LTD. Furthermore, any system that was substantially integrated by a GE entity is released, regardless of which company manufactured the individual system components.

"GE Fanuc reached this important agreement with Solaia in order to assure our customers that they have no potential risk for litigation under the '318 patent due to the use of GE Fanuc, GE or FANUC products or services," said Jeff Garwood, president and CEO, GE Fanuc Automation. "At this critical time in our global economy, manufacturers need to concentrate on improving productivity, reducing costs and achieving peak performance, and we are committed to helping our customers do just that with best-in-class automation solutions and the worldwide support of GE."

As an example, under the agreement, any discrete or process control system that includes GE Fanuc human machine interface (HMI) software, including Proficy(tm) HMI/SCADA - CIMPLICITYR or iFIXR, comprises a fully licensed system. Purchase or use of all other products, software, services, equipment or devices, including PLCs, made or supplied by GE Fanuc Automation, GE or FANUC LTD are also released from any potential claims on the '318 patent.

About GE Fanuc Automation
GE Fanuc Automation, a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan, delivers automation hardware and software designed to help users reduce costs, increase efficiency and enhance profitability. With solutions and services catering to virtually every industrial segment, GE Fanuc Automation provides a diverse array of capabilities and products, including controllers, embedded systems, advanced software, motion control, CNCs, operator interfaces, industrial computers, and lasers. Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, GE Fanuc Automation is a part of GE Infrastructure and combines the diverse global strengths of the GE family with the local presence customers need to design, develop and maintain their automation investments.

For more information, visit www.gefanuc.com or contact: GE Fanuc Information Center, P.O. Box 8106, Charlottesville, VA 22906, Phone: (800) GE FANUC (800-433-2682), Fax: 434-978-5205, e-mail: [email protected].
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