3M files lawsuit for alleged patent violation over touchscreen metal mesh conductor tech

3M and 3M Innovative Properties Co. have filed a patent infringement lawsuit in federal district court in Wilmington, Delaware, against Elo Touch Solutions Inc. The company claims Elo Touch's projective capacitive products infringe on several of 3M's metal mesh conductor patents, according to a press release.

Many companies use metal mesh conductor technology to make projected capacitive touch sensors for interactive whiteboards, conferencing systems, casino games, digital signage displays and fast-food self-ordering systems.

"3M strives to provide its customers with the most innovative materials and solutions for their products. The company is committed to protecting its investments in research and development for projected capacitive technology and vigorously defends its intellectual property rights," Makoto Ishii, vice president and general manager, 3M, said in the release.

Topics: Hardware, Interactive / Touchscreen

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