Honeywell is a relatively recent entrant in the barcode scanning market and has done so primarily through acquisitions. The six patents at issue in Honeywell’s lawsuit were written and originally filed 18-20 years ago by Welch Allyn, Norand, HHP, and Intermec prior to being acquired by Honeywell. U.S. Patents generally have a 20-year life. Two of the patents have already expired, two more will expire by mid-year, and the remaining two are based on a Welch Allyn technology not relevant to Code’s products.
Garrett Russell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Code, explained that in his view, Honeywell’s action against Code may be driven by Code’s strong position in the healthcare market. “Code continues to deliver product ingenuity and excellence, and Honeywell may be resorting to other means to try to gain market share from Code,” Russell said.
Addressing customers directly, Powell said the company’s long history of listening to customers and delivering novel solutions to streamline clinical workflows and improve patient safety will continue to enable Code to exceed its customers’ expectations. “Our commitment to providing customers innovative, efficient and technologically advanced solutions has been a cornerstone of Code since 1997,” Powell said.