Motorola Sues Patent Firm

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Motorola sues patent firm

SCHAUMBURG -- Motorola Solutions Inc. sued a patent-licensing firm to fend off claims that radio technology used by retailers such as Amazon.com to track their goods violates patents. Motorola Solutions sued Round Rock Research LLC in reaction to a series of lawsuits filed last year by the patent firm against Amazon, Macy's Retail Holdings Inc., PepsiCo Inc. and others that use radio frequency identification technology. Round Rock claims it owns the patents on the RFID technology used by those companies. The RFID products "have not infringed and do not infringe, either directly or indirectly, any valid and enforceable claim," Motorola Solutions said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del. Companies that were sued by Round Rock asked Motorola Solutions to defend them under the indemnification clauses in their contracts with Motorola Solutions, according to the complaint.

Round Rock describes itself as a technology company that holds "several thousand" patents and patent applications.

AAR gets Airbus contract

WOOD DALE -- AAR said it has been selected by Airbus Military to provide off-wing repairs management and logistics services. The five-year programs will be managed by AAR's Defense Systems & Logistics operating unit. AAR will provide a single point of contact for the repair of components that Airbus Military previously outsourced to multiple vendors. AAR also was been selected to establish and manage the logistics of a repair hub at the Airbus Military facilities at San Pablo Norte Spain. AAR's repair management and logistics services will enable Airbus Military to streamline its supply chain and increase the efficiency of its maintenance operations and performance-based logistics support provided worldwide.

Gallagher buys Naperville firm

ITASCA -- Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said it has acquired Human Resource Management Systems LLC in Naperville. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 1997, Human Resource Management Systems LLC is an employee benefit insurance broker that offers a full range of group employee benefit products and consulting services to their clients throughout the United States. …