In a joint assertion launched on Saturday, Ocado Group, the automated grocery store firm, and AutoStore mentioned they’ve settled their long-running dispute over robotic patents.
A Excessive Court docket choose dominated in March that AutoStore’s “patents have been invalid” and that, regardless, Ocado didn’t infringe them.
We’re glad to have achieved a decision that offers each corporations alternative and freedom to commercialise our in depth patent portfolios
In 2020, AutoStore tried to guard six patents that it mentioned Ocado had breached, and launched a authorized battle.
AutoStore is to pay Ocado £200 million in 24 month-to-month instalments beginning in July 2023 underneath the brand new settlement.
The assertion, which was launched by each corporations, publicizes that they’re withdrawing their actions in opposition to one another and have reached a deal by which each side have freedom to entry and use know-how coated by one another’s pre-2020 patents.
Mats Hovland Vikse, chief government of AutoStore, mentioned: “We’re glad to have achieved a decision that offers each corporations alternative and freedom to commercialise our in depth patent portfolios.
I’m happy that we’ve labored collectively to resolve our variations and might now proceed to concentrate on what we do greatest, innovating, creating and enabling companions to entry world-beating know-how
“This settlement resolves our variations and permits us to proceed specializing in our respective enterprise objectives.”
Tim Steiner, Ocado Group chief government, mentioned: “I’m happy that we’ve labored collectively to resolve our variations and might now proceed to concentrate on what we do greatest, innovating, creating and enabling companions to entry world-beating know-how.”
Neill Abrams, group common counsel and firm secretary, added: “I’m delighted that this litigation has now ended on passable phrases.”
The complete phrases of the settlement are confidential however each corporations are allowed to proceed to make use of and market their current merchandise with out problem of infringement of the opposite’s post-2020 patents.
It provides that AutoStore shouldn’t be permitted to make or use a single-space cavity robotic in any jurisdiction the place Ocado has patent safety.
The deal additionally provides entry to a part of every firm’s patent portfolio for them to make use of or develop their very own merchandise however this doesn’t imply there will likely be collaboration, know-how help or entry to precise merchandise.
When it first introduced its claims, AutoStore mentioned Ocado was utilizing a few of its patented robotic know-how.
Offers that the automated grocery store firm had with Marks & Spencer and Morrisons and Kroger within the US infringed on the patents, AutoStore claimed.
The corporate had requested for the courts to ban Ocado from utilizing the know-how in future and was looking for compensation.