The RFID Consortium, together with Sisvel US, has announced its ninth member, Federal Signal Corp. Federal signal will participate in the Consortium's joint licensing program for patents essential to the UHF RFID standard as both a licensor and portfolio licensee.
Federal Signal, which acquired RFID specialist Sirit Inc. last year, joins other patent owners 3M, ETRI, France Telecom, HP, LG Electronics, Motorola Solutions, Trimble Navigation Limited–ThingMagic Division and Zebra Technologies.
These companies promote rapid adoption of UHF RFID technology by offering a single license to patents essential to the practice of the UHF RFID standards owned by the participating companies.
"The UHF RFID patent landscape is complex, with essential patents covering various aspects of the technology present in multiple countries and held by many different owners," said Jim O'Hagan, RFID Consortium spokesperson and director of patents and technology for Zebra Technologies.
"The RFID Consortium offers everyone manufacturing or selling UHF RFID tags or readers a single low-cost license under many essential patents from multiple leading global firms."
"As a leading UHF RFID manufacturer, Federal Signal is a major addition to the Consortium. Its entry will enhance the value of the Consortium's patent portfolio license for manufacturers and sellers of UHF RFID products," O'Hagan further noted.