iControl, Alarm.com End Patent Spat

Alarm.com and iControl Networks, two home security and automation vendors that are partnering up with cable operators, announced Tuesday that they have settled all patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the settlement does allow Alarm.com and iControl to retain all ownership and rights to their respective patents while expanding their patent portfolio via “certain cross-licensing agreements.” Terms of the settlement are also extended to Alarm.com partner FrontPoint Security and Telular Corp., an iControl partner that became the target of an Alarm.com patent lawsuit last year.

Last July, iControl fired off a lawsuit alleging that Alarm.com and FrontPoint Security were infringing on six of its patents, including those that defined methods for implementing alarms and notifications, event monitoring, and managing premises networking equipment.

iControl, founded in 2003, merged with rival uControl  in November 2010. Its financial backers include Comcast, ADT, Cisco Systems, GE Security, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Charles River Ventures. Its MSO partners include Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Rogers Communications, among others.

Alarm.com, which announced it had 1 million “active subscribers” last June and was founded in 2000, attended The Cable Show last June, where it pitched  small- and mid-sized cable operators on distribution partnerships.