Patent Claims Shot Down

Thales Visionix, Inc is a Maryland corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thales Defense and Security, Inc., which designs and develops helmet-mounted display-and-motion-tracking technology for defense and aerospace applications. Visionix’s technology allows for the projection of tactical information onto the interior of the visor of the pilot’s helmet, and for continuous reception of information, targeting of enemies, and firing of weapons in all directions. Visionix alleges that its patented technology is critical to the success of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the first tactical fighter jet in 50 years without a heads-up display system. Visionix sued the United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging that the Lockheed Martin Corporation, a prime contractor to the U.S. Government, obtained its helmet-mounted display system for use in the F-35 in violation of Visionix’s patents, allowing the government the unlawful use of TVI’s U.S. Patent No. 6,474,159.

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