Route1 files patent infringement complaint against VMware, AirWatch
Route1 announced that the company filed a complaint, Court File No. T-2149-18, against VMware and its wholly owned subsidiary AirWatch in the Federal Court of Canada for infringement of Route1's Canadian Patent No. 2,578,053, seeking financial compensation for infringement, legal fees, and an injunction. The compensation the Company will be seeking are material when compared to Route1's market capitalization. A patent lawsuit in Canada typically takes at least three years to resolve. Route1 anticipates that its current cash resources and future cash generated from operating performance will be sufficient to fund Route1's estimated cash costs of the litigation through trial. Compensation for infringing activity may be awarded from six years prior to the filing of the lawsuit, and may be calculated on the basis of a royalty on infringing revenues, or profits wrongfully gained from infringing revenues. Route1's Canadian Patent No. 2,578,053, "System And Method For Accessing Host Computer Via Remote Computer", was issued by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office on March 20, 2012, and will expire on September 6, 2025. Canadian Patent No. 2,578,053 is generally directed to using a controller to enable secure communication between a remote device, such as a smartphone or a portable computer, and a host computer. Route1 is the owner of the entire right, title and interest in the 053 Patent, including the sole and undivided right to sue for infringement. In the Company's Statement of Claim, Route1 contends that AirWatch, VMware, and its subsidiary VMware Canada Inc. infringe on Canadian Patent No. 2,578,053 through their sales and provision of services relating to the AirWatch EMM System, which is both offered individually and as a part of VMware's digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE.