Barco Legally Seizes KanexPro’s New MyTurn Products at ISE, Plans to Sue KanexPro for Patent Infringement

Like a scene form a legal drama on TV, a Dutch judge has granted Barco’s petition to seize all wireless presentation systems of the US-based company KanexPro (marketed as the MyTurn Presentation System), at Integrated Systems Expo in Amsterdam, today, the opening day of ISE. But, that’s not the big story here. What happened next is: A bailiff approached the KanexPro booth at ISE today with the order to seize all infringing materials present at the show to be used as evidence in a patent infringement lawsuit — right in front of everyone in the booth at KanexPro.

As everyone in the AV industry likely knows by now, in April 2012, Barco launched ClickShare, the industry’s first wireless collaboration (aka BYOD) presentation system. It allows for wireless presentation and collaboration via the use of what Barco calls ClickShare “buttons.”
Barco alleges that KanexPro copied parts of the ClickShare patented technologies. And, a Dutch judge agreed and KanexPro is here at ISE without one of their flagship products to demo.

Since 2012, Barco has expanded the ClickShare into a handful of models that include everything from a portable, traveling-presenter unit to an installable, business-focused model for large meeting rooms. ClickShare has been praised by users, resellers and the press, and has won several industry awards including our own Readers’ Choice Awards (2014, 2015 and 2016). And today Barco used ISE to launch a new ClickShare in the form of the CSE-800 – an enterprise version of ClickShare with two 4K outputs, leader moderation, black boarding and annotation.

Barco told rAVe that to “protect the efforts put in the research, development and marketing of Barco’s innovative technology, Barco has secured a strong portfolio of both utility and model patents and registered ClickShare as a trademark in various jurisdictions.”

Barco also told us tonight that they will now use the units seized (from the KanexPro booth at ISE) as evidence for patent infringement lawsuits against KanexPro in the Netherlands, the U.S. and any other jurisdictions where KanexPro commercializes its wireless presentation system. Barco is also closely monitoring other potential infringers in Europe, the Americas and APAC and will take the necessary steps to prevent others from copying Barco’s patented technology.
The story we wrote announcing the KanexPro MyTurn system back last month is here.
The story we wrote recently on the new Barco CSE-800 is here.
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..