Firm client ecobee Technologies, Inc. prevailed in an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation brought by Causam Enterprises, Inc., concerning Causam's claims of patent infringement. The underlying technology involved smart thermostats, which is a field that ecobee created in 2007 in an effort to reduce the burden on the power grid in North America.
On February 16, 2023, the ITC issued a final determination affirming the administrative law judge's initial determination finding no violation of section 337 as to the asserted patent claims and terminating the investigation. This win solidifies the third consecutive ITC trial win achieved by this Venable team for ecobee over the past two years.
The trial team was led by Tim Carroll and Manny Caixeiro, and featured pivotal contributions from Megan Woodworth, Steve Lubezny, Dan Apgar, Eric Harmon, Armands Chagnon, and Joanna Callaby. Causam was represented in the investigation by King & Spaulding.
ecobee Inc. was founded in 2007 with a mission to improve everyday life while creating a more sustainable world. Today, ecobee continues to innovate with smart home solutions that solve everyday problems with comfort, security, and conservation in mind. With its products, including the SmartThermostat and SmartCamera, both equipped with voice control, ecobee continues to encourage consumers to imagine what home could be.
The final determination was covered by Attorney at Law Magazine and CityBiz.