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LPA Design, Phottix settle patent infringement lawsuit related to Atlas transceiver (updated)  
Thursday, January 19, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
A patent infringement lawsuit brought by LPA Design, maker of PocketWizard wireless radio remotes, against photography accessories maker Phottix (and parent company Eternal Fortune), has been settled and dismissed, says LPA Design CEO and President Tim Neiley.

LPA Design's complaint, which was filed early last year, alleged that the Phottix Atlas - a PocketWizard-compatible wireless transceiver similar to the PocketWizard Plus II - infringed upon two LPA Design patents related to the sending of digitally-encoded signals in photographic applications and the automatic switching from receive mode to transmit mode.

Close Cousins: The PocketWizard Plus II, left, and Atlas, right (Photos courtesy LPA Design and Phottix)

The settlement, which was reached in December 2011, restricts both parties from discussing its terms. Acknowledging that the matter has been concluded, however, does not violate the agreement, says LPA Design's Neiley. As a result, he was able to provide us with this brief statement: "Recently LPA Design and Phottix were able to arrive at a reasonable settlement, and the case was subsequently dismissed."

LPA Design's lawsuit was filed in the U.S. on January 7, 2011, and came just ahead of the planned introduction of a U.S./Canada-compatible 344Mhz version of the Phottix Atlas into the U.S. That introduction never took place, and while the Europe/Asia 433Mhz version continued to be sold for a time (both before and after the launching of the suit), it's now gone from Phottix' online store and only the Atlas product page on the Phottix site remains.

Update, January 30, 2012: The Atlas product page has now been taken down as well. The removal of the product from both Phottix websites would seem to confirm that the settlement included the withdrawal of the Atlas in its current form from the marketplace.
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