An Eastern Shore company and a Texas firm are seeking $1 billion from the federal government in a patent infringement case that alleges various federal law enforcement and military agencies of using surveillance technology the companies designed
Cambridge-based Discovery Patents LLC and Plano, Texas-based 3rd Eye Surveillance alleged in the complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., that government agencies including the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense had, through various contractors, developed surveillance systems similar to ones for which the companies held patents. The three patents are for surveillance systems that include streaming video, facial recognition and alarm systems.
James Otis Faulkner, the founder of Discovery Patents, said he invented the surveillance systems in 2002 after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and then patented the technology. He licensed the patents to 3rd Eye.
The federal contractors allegedly using the surveillance systems were not named as defendants. The plaintiffs are seeking at least $1 billion in damages and attorney fees.