The legal battle between Salt Lake City-based ClearOne and the Nile, Ill.-based Shure has come to an end with both companies announcing that they have reached a global settlement of all pending legal disputes. According to a joint statement, in order to avoid the expense, burden and uncertainty associated with litigation, and to resolve their pending cases against one another, the companies entered into a confidential settlement agreement.
The companies say they have agreed to file dismissals with prejudice in all pending cases to fully and finally resolve their disputes. Both have agreed to release the other party from all claims and to cross-license all patent rights involved with the cases, such that each party will be free to sell their products without restrictions going forward.
ClearOne and Shure have also agreed to cross-license certain additional patent rights and have made covenants not to sue. Certain terms of the agreement between the parties are conditional on court action and/or approval, which the parties will promptly seek. Neither company has admitted any wrongdoing or liability as a condition of settlement.
The litigations between the two audio manufactures regarding a patent related to ceiling tile beamforming mic arrays has been waging since the early 2000s. A lengthier history of the litigation between the two can be found in this CI article from 2019.
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