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Nest is hit with another patent suit, this time over its new talking smoke detector

on November 22, 2013


A company that’s been making smoke detectors for fifty years has filed a lawsuit against startup Nest Labs claiming patent infringement over aspects of Nest’s new Protect smoke detector. I’ve embedded the lawsuit below, and I first read it on The Verge. Turns out when a startup is trying to reinvent decades-old, unloved products with design, they tend to step on the toes of the decades-old companies already there.

Nest Protect

BRK, which makes the First Alert branded smoke detectors, is alleging that Nest’s Protect device violates its patents for a talking smoke detector that explains the location of the incident. BRK says it has spent considerable time and resources developing this tech and marketing it, and they want the court to stop Nest from selling the allegedly infringing detector and to award damages.

Nest was also sued by Honeywell back when it launched its learning thermostat. As a result…

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