Hexagon Metrology Suing Metris and Mitutoyo

July 21, 2009
Patent infringement suit concerns portable articulated arms

Hexagon Metrology reports it has filed a patent infringement suit in U.S. District Court alleging that Metris N.V. and its U.S. subsidiary Metris U.S.A., Inc., and Mitutoyo Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary Mitutoyo America Corp., have infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,829,148 by importing into the U.S. and offering to sell infringing portable arms.

In the U.S. market, Hexagon Metrology sells the Romer brand of articulated arms. The suit seeks to prevent Metris and Mitutoyo from importing, offering for sale, or using the infringing portable arms in the U.S. “Hexagon Metrology welcomes fair competition, but we will not stand by if competitors use our protected technology, which our customers recognize and rely upon and which has given us a leading position in the metrology industry,” stated William Gruber, president of Hexagon Metrology.