SOURCE: Digital Ally, Inc.

Digital Ally, Inc.

May 31, 2016 07:30 ET

Digital Ally Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against WatchGuard Video, Seeking an Injunction Preventing WatchGuard From Selling Its VISTA Wifi Camera Product Line and 4RE In-Car Video System and Monetary Damages

LENEXA, KS--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) (the "Company") today announced that it filed suit Friday, May 27, 2016 against Enforcement Video, LLC d/b/a WatchGuard Video (WatchGuard), alleging patent infringement based on WatchGuard's VISTA Wifi and 4RE In-Car product lines. The Company filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

The law enforcement industry has broadly come to recognize a critical limitation in its wearable camera, in-car camera, and other recording device deployments. Simply put, officers manually activating these devices in emergency situations imposed a significant limitation as evidenced by the media coverage in a number of recent incidents. To overcome this limitation, the law enforcement industry is now demanding that camera systems be automatically activated and the recordings be automatically coordinated under a variety of different scenarios. Years before the industry recognized this need, Digital Ally pioneered the development of this auto-activation technology. The United States Patent Office ("USPTO") has recognized these pioneering efforts by granting Digital Ally multiple patents with claims covering numerous features, such as automatically and simultaneously activating all deployed cameras in response to the activation of just one camera. Additionally, Digital Ally's patent claims cover automatic coordination as well as digital synchronization between multiple recording devices. Digital Ally also has patent coverage directed to the coordination between a multi-camera system and an officer's smartphone, which allows an officer to more readily assess an event on the scene while an event is taking place or immediately after it has occurred. 

Digital Ally's lawsuit alleges that WatchGuard incorporated this patented technology into its VISTA Wifi and 4RE In-Car product lines without Digital Ally's permission. Specifically, Digital Ally is accusing WatchGuard of infringing three patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 8,781,292; 9,253,452; and 9,325,950. Digital Ally is aggressively challenging WatchGuard's infringing conduct, seeking both monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction preventing WatchGuard from continuing to sell its VISTA Wifi and 4RE In-Car product lines using Digital Ally's own technology to compete against it.

"Digital Ally is committed to developing advanced and intuitive law enforcement camera systems that integrate seamlessly with officers' duties to provide minimal distraction even under the highest pressure moments," said Stanton Ross, CEO of Digital Ally. "Our VuLink technology accomplishes that goal, providing numerous options for automatically activating multiple cameras from multiple viewpoints and coordinating their event captures to facilitate evidence processing and preservation," continued Mr. Ross. "Our pioneering technology has led to a more than a five-fold increase in requests by customers for our patented technology and, instead of developing its own solution, WatchGuard has adopted Digital Ally's patented features. We simply cannot allow the industry to continue using our own inventions to compete against us," concluded Mr. Ross. 

About Digital Ally, Inc.

Digital Ally is a leading global designer, manufacturer and innovator in the growing field of digital technology. Digital Ally is the only company serving the military, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and the commercial fleet industries that is capable of providing the complete end-to-end hardware and software solution. The Company's product lines include in-car audio/video recording equipment, body-worn cameras, cloud and local server software and storage solutions. Digital Ally products are sold by domestic direct sales representatives and international distributors worldwide. Digital Ally is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. For news and information please visit www.digitalallyinc.com or follow us on Twitter @digitalallyinc and Facebook www.facebook.com/DigitalAllyInc

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations or forecasts of future events, can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, and are subject to various business risks and known and unknown uncertainties, a number of which are beyond the control of management. Therefore, actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. A wide variety of factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the ultimate outcome of the Company's litigation against WatchGuard Video; the extent to which the Company's Patents will give it effective, enforceable protection of the intellectual property contained in its products in the marketplace; competition from larger, more established companies with far greater economic and human resources; the effect of changing economic conditions; and changes in government regulations, tax rates and similar matters. These cautionary statements should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission as to the adequacy of the Company's disclosures. The Company cannot predict or determine after the fact what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or other statements. The reader should consider statements that include the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "projects", "should", or other expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends, to be uncertain and forward-looking. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional information respecting factors that could materially affect the Company and its operations are contained in its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2016, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Stanton E. Ross
    CEO
    (913) 814-7774

    or

    Thomas J. Heckman
    CFO
    (913) 814-7774