YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) – Federal officials have fined a Maine map maker $6.2 million in a patent infringement case over satellite communication devices.
The International Trade Commission’s civil penalty against Yarmouth-based DeLorme Publishing is the latest development in a case that began in 2012 when Virginia-based BriarTek filed a complaint alleging that DeLorme’s series of hand-held satellite communication devices, marketed as inReach, infringed on BriarTek’s patent for a similar product.
DeLorme, founded in 1976, has been transitioning for the past several years from traditional print products such as maps and atlases to high-tech devices.
BriarTek said DeLorme violated a consent agreement.
The Portland Press Herald reports that DeLorme is expected to appeal.