DGAP-News: SMARTRAC N.V.: Neology and 3M Resolve Patent Litigation

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SMARTRAC N.V.: Neology and 3M Resolve Patent Litigation

27.06.2013 / 10:00


Neology and 3M Resolve Patent Litigation

Amsterdam, The Netherlands / St. Paul, MN, USA / San Diego, CA, USA, June
27, 2013 - SMARTRAC N.V. and 3M Company today announced an agreement
between SMARTRAC N.V., its subsidiary Neology, Inc., and 3M Company. The
agreement resolves patent infringement litigation Neology initiated against
3M and Federal Signal Corporation relating to businesses purchased by 3M
from Federal Signal Corporation in September 2012.

The agreement gives Neology, SMARTRAC and 3M access to each other's RFID
products in the transportation market - Neology will have access to 3M's
multi-protocol readers and 3M to SMARTRAC's and Neology's tags and
technology in the transportation market. This positions the companies as
suppliers of 6C RFID technology to the industry. The agreement also
includes a confidential financial arrangement.

Given the superior communication protocol and open platform of the 6C RFID
technology, the companies will provide their customers the path to
interoperability via the ISO 18000 6C standard.

Francisco Martinez de Velasco, Chief Executive Officer of Neology, stated:
'We are very pleased and excited about the agreement. Our patented cutting
edge technologies allow us to manufacture superior products and provide
excellent integration services tailored to our customers' needs. We are
confident we will become a valuable supplier to 3M and its subsidiaries and
look forward to advancing the 6C standard.'

Dan McGurran, Business Director, 3M Motor Vehicle Systems and Services,
said '3M is pleased to have reached an agreement that will allow both
companies to solve the transportation market's pressing need for
interoperability via the ISO 18000 6C technology. This will improve the
efficiency of tolling and enhance the motorist experience.'

Christian Uhl, CFO of SMARTRAC, further noted, 'We believe that our
companies will mutually benefit from this agreement and we are delighted
that we have been able to identify new opportunities to pursue together. We
look forward to continue and intensify the collaboration and relationship
between SMARTRAC and 3M.'

About Neology, Inc.:
As an early player in UHF technology and holder of important Intellectual
Property in the industry, Neology is a leading provider of integrated
solutions for the tolling, electronic vehicle registration (EVR) and public
safety markets. For more information visit www.neology-rfid.com

SMARTRAC(R) is the leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of RFID
and NFC transponders and inlays. The company produces both ready-made and
customized transponders and inlays used in access control, animal
identification, automated fare collection, border control, RFID-based car
immobilizers, contactless payment cards, electronic product identification,
industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, mobile and
smart media, public transport, retail, and many more.

SMARTRAC was founded in 2000 and has its registered headquarters in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The company currently employs approximately
3,600 employees and maintains a global research and development,
production, and sales network.

Tanja Moehler, SMARTRAC and Neology
Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing
Phone: +31 20 30 50 157
Email: tanja.moehler@smartrac-group.com 
Internet: www.smartrac-group.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SMARTRAC_NV

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Business and economic risks and developments, the conduct of competitors,
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time of publication of this press release. Therefore, SMARTRAC N.V. does
not assume any responsibility relating to forward-looking statements
contained in this press release. Furthermore, SMARTRAC N.V. does not assume
any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this
press release.

About 3M:
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is
the innovation Company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in
sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than
70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on

Donna Fleming Runyon, 3M

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Company:     SMARTRAC N.V.                          
             Strawinskylaan 851                     
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Phone:       +31 20 30 50 157                       
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