EcoFactor v. Ecobee

Dentons secured a high-profile trial victory before the International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of ecobee in a complaint brought by EcoFactor, Inc.

In late 2019, EcoFactor filed a complaint at the ITC, accusing ecobee and other companies of importing Wi-Fi-enabled, smart thermostats and HVAC systems that infringed four of its patents. The patents at issue purportedly related to systems that can intelligently and remotely control the temperature in a home or building. Judge Shaw rejected EcoFactor’s claims against ecobee. 

Ecofactor provides automated energy savings, comfort and control through energy efficiency, demand response and hvac performance monitoring services.

ecobee is a Canadian home automation company that makes smart thermostats, temperature and occupancy sensors, smart light switches, smart cameras, and contact sensors. The thermostats are controlled by using the built-in touchscreen, web portal, or app.

The Dentons’ team was led by patent litigator and trial lawyer Timothy Carroll (Picture), along with Kirk Ruthenberg, Manny Caixeiro, Steve Lubezny and Catherine Taylor.  

Involved fees earner: Manny Joseph Caixeiro – Dentons; Timothy Carroll – Dentons; Steven Lubezny – Dentons; Kirk Ruthenberg – Dentons; Catherine Taylor – Dentons;

Law Firms: Dentons;

Clients: ecobee;

Author: Martina Bellini