US electric meter manufacturer TransData has sold a patent for its wireless smart meter technology to a UK wireless street light company.
The deal with Telensa represents the fifth licensing agreement between the Dallas-based company and meter manufacturers and utilities.
Licensees include M2M Engineering, Alabama Power Company, Georgia Power Company, Mississippi Power Company and Wisconsin Power & Light Company.
Speaking about the latest deal, Trace Gleibs, president of TransData, said: “We appreciate the fact that Telensa recognized the significant value our patents provide and voluntarily approached TransData to license our patents.”
Smart meter patent infringement
Ms Gleibs’ comments refer to a number of alleged unlawful uses of TransData’s patented technology for wirelessly communicating digital electric meters equipped with an internal ‘under-glass’ wireless communication circuit and antenna.
In 2010, the company initiated patent infringement lawsuits against a number of companies.
The cases are currently consolidated in federal court in Oklahoma and are anticipated to be presented to a jury next year.
Global licensing deals
In June 2014, the advanced metering infrastructure manufacturer licensed its wireless smart meter patents to M2M Engineering, a communication module maker.
Based in Essex, Telensa provides street light wireless monitoring and control system services managing more than half a million street lights.