We’ve reviewed a few Ring products here at Techaeris and have really enjoyed them. The Ring Protect security system was supposed to be the next big thing from Ring but it will have to wait. A Delaware judge has stopped the sale of the Ring Protect security system due to a lawsuit in place from rival ADT. I think most people are familiar with ADT as they’ve been in the business for many years. Apparently, Ring may be using technology that belongs to ADT inside of their new Ring Protect security system. The evidence was compelling enough that Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster made the call to halt sales.
In the lawsuit, ADT Holdings vs. Mike Harris, et al, ADT alleges that Ring gained security trade secrets using “theft and felony” after a company called Zonoff, Inc. defaulted on debts it owed to ADT, Law360 reported. There was a short trial for the case in September in Delaware Chancery Court, but the court has yet to make a final ruling.
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision to enter a preliminary injunction against Ring’s improper use of ADT’s intellectual property,” ADT said in a statement. “ADT respects the intellectual property of others, as we expect others to respect our own; and we look forward to a successful final resolution of this matter.”
It looks like Ring may be in for a very long legal battle and these systems are likely not making it under any Christmas trees this year. It will be interesting to see if Ring can defend itself against these claims and eventually bring the system back to the market.