After about two years of legal battle, Matterport and rival GeoCV have settled a patent infringement dispute with the ruling granting a permanent injunction against GeoCV for as long as the patents are in place.
The conflict started when Matterport accused GeoCV of succeeding because of its unauthorized use of Matterport’s technology, which is under patent. Matterport claims that GeoCV’s 3D scans and virtual open houses utilize at least six Matterport patented technologies.
In the end, U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews ruled in favor of Matterport, stating:
“the Court enjoins GeoCV and its officers, directors, employees and all others working in aid or active concert with any of them from infringing any of the asserted patents.
“It is further ordered that the permanent injunction shall dissolve automatically upon the expiration of the last to expire of the asserted patents.
“The Court will maintain jurisdiction over this action to the extent necessary to administer the injunction.”
GeoCV’s software services will continue on autopilot but it is unclear whether or not this is the end of the products infringing the patents.
Matterport and GeoCV were the top competitors in the 3D tour technology sector, which could have been the driving force behind the patent infringement.