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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 5, May 2013, Posted On: 5/8/2013

AVT Says Wireless Patent Claims Found Valid, Enforceable Upon Reexamination

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending machine patent, AVT Inc., Notice of Intent to Issue Reexamination Certificate, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, automated self-service retailing systems, AVT vending patent enforcement., Patent No. 8,191,779, James Winsor, networked vending machines

CORONA, CA -- AVT Inc. said it received a Notice of Intent to Issue Reexamination Certificate from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that indicates that several claims for its wireless vending technology were found patentable. The Corona, CA, developer of automated self-service retailing systems did not specify which claims.

The USPTO granted AVT a patent last June relating to a wireless system designed to manage a network of remote vending machines. AVT said immediately that it was exploring the patent's enforcement. | SEE STORY

The patent was then put under reexamination last fall.

AVT's technology employs graphical touchscreen user interfaces, which can include means for paying for items vended and a two-way wireless network to connect an enterprise control center with remote vending machines. The patent, which covers 19 claims, does not apply to wireless control of a single machine or to those networked by a DSL connection. | See Patent No. 8,191,779

AVT chief executive James Winsor said the company spent more than three years and a "significant amount of money" developing the technology included in its latest patent. "We will explore all options to monetize this significant patented technology," he stated. "We are aware of several other manufacturers that are now using our technology in violation of our patent, and we look forward to bringing them into compliance in a manner that brings the most value to our company and shareholders."

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