UDPATED 11/5: iRobot has issued a press release on the injunction.
“We are pleased with the court’s decision,” said Colin Angle, chief executive officer of iRobot. “We stand ready to deliver our field-proven iRobot PackBots to aid our warfighters in their dangerous missions.”
Original Post from 11/2:
iRobot Corp. has won a slam-dunk injunction against Robotic FX from Judge Nancy Gertner, who issued a 30-page ruling that harshly criticized Robotic FX CEO Jameel Ahed's destruction of evidence in the case and ruled that iRobot was likely to succeed in its case based on the apparent misappropriations of trade secrets regarding iRobot's tank-track design on the PackBot.
Xconomy has the story. Here is the 30-page decision. It's a tour-de-force.
An iRobot lawyer is quoted saying that this will prevent Robotic FX from delivering on the 4,000 robot, $280 million Army contract that was recently set aside pending a reevaluation of whether Robotic FX is a responsible contractor. While Robotic FX would seem likely to appeal, I can't imagine an appellate court judge overturning this injunction and aiding someone who destroyed mounds of evidence.
This is HUGE for iRobot!!!
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