Barco Intends to Protect Their ClickShare Intellectual Property, No Matter What


One of the big stories from Day 1 of ISE here in Amsterdam was certainly the fact that a court officer from Belgium traveled down to the Amsterdam RAI convention center, entered the KanexPro booth and removed all of their MyTurn Collaboration Systems that were being launched into the market. It was the result of a judge’s order that it was possible that the MyTurn violated Barco’s patents on ClickShare. Here’s my story on that.

So, what’s next?

I walked on over to Barco’s booth this morning, the day after it all happened, and met with Barco’s Senior VP of Enterprise George Stromeyer to get the scoop. His response was clear: “We are signaling our plan to protect our IP.” When I asked him if we can expect more of this, he said that the KanexPro seizure was just “a targeted opening salvo” and that we can expect more, if continued IP infringement continues.

Barco wants anyone who makes a wireless collaboration system to either used the AWIND chip technology (that’s the technology inside the ClickShare and, of course, Barco owns AWIND), or to design their own from the ground up. Stromeyer explained that Barco spent millions on R&D developing the ClickShare and the company feels like it’s their right to protect their intellectual property. There have been many similar collaboration products announced in recent months, and shown for the first time here at ISE, so we’ll be keeping watch to see what else happens in this space. Stay tuned.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..