Snap One and Control4 Sue Josh.ai Over AVA Remote
Snap One sent a letter to its partners today telling them they believe that Josh.ai’s new AVA remote infringe on its IP for the Josh Remote. Although they aren’t shutting down the compatibility of Josh.ai with Control4 controllers, they have filed a lawsuit, as of today, in the US District Court for the District of Utah against Josh.ai and AVA Inc. The suit claims:
- The defendants’ products violate five of Snap One’s patents that cover technologies, including remote control, control systems, media distribution, intercom systems and network architecture.
- The defendants’ remote controls were copies of the Snap One NEEO remote that the AVA employees developed while working for Snap One. Consequently, Josh.ai and AVA have violated additional Snap One proprietary rights, including trade dress, trade secrets and confidential information contractual obligations.
Josh.ai breached its agreements with Snap One, including intentionally violating its exclusivity obligations in its distribution agreement with Snap One.
You can read the full letter below:
Update: Josh.ai sent the following statement to rAVe [PUBS] responding to the Snap One letter:
“We believe the claims to be completely meritless, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit. We have always valued bringing to market innovative features and products with all of our partners, including Snap One. The Josh.ai team is fully committed to supporting our Control4 integration.”