Legal News Line Apr. 8, 2015, 1:10pm



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Legal Newsline) - A university's patent foundation is suing a Pittsburgh company for patent infringement.




The University of Virginia Patent Foundation (UVAPF) filed the lawsuit March 27 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia-Charlottesville Division against DynaVox Systems, LLC alleging breach of contract.




According to the lawsuit, DynaVox is being sued for its "failure to pay royalties for patent and other intellectual property obtained from UVAPF under a license agreement."




The foundation seeks undisclosed damages, plus interest and costs.




Dynavox has its principal place of business in Pittsburgh. The lawsuit follows unsuccessful arbitration proceedings.




According to the complaint, DynaVox has been granted exclusive rights to several patents pertaining to an eye-gaze computer-based apparatus and method developed by doctors at the University of Virginia.




From 2005-09, DynaVox's predecessor companies paid annual royalties to UVAPF to use the "ERICA" eye gaze system.




Since DynaVox introduced its own "EyeMax" line of eye-tracking technologies, it has stopped paying royalties to UVAPF, the complaint says.




The plaintiff is represented by attorney C. Conner Crook of Charlottesville.




U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia-Charlottesville Division, case No. 3:15-CV-00015


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