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Extron Electronics Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Crestron

Anaheim, California (February 9, 2015) – Extron Electronics today announced the settlement of its patent infringement lawsuit against Crestron Electronics. The lawsuit, filed in June 2014, alleged willful infringement of Extron patents related to the company’s Retractor product line. The settlement includes a cash payment to Extron, and a requirement for Crestron to withdraw its prior cable retractor models from the market and fully replace the lineup. The revised Crestron cable retractor utilizes a less precise, all-or-nothing mechanism that eliminates intermediate cable length positions between zero and full extension. In comparison, the Extron Retractor remains the AV industry’s premier cable retraction module, offering infinitely-variable cable extension from zero to full extension for a superior user experience.

“We’re pleased to bring this suit to an expedient and positive conclusion,” says Andrew Edwards, President and CEO of Extron. “Much as any market leader, Extron will vigorously protect our technologies and intellectual property against those who choose to simply copy our designs.”

Introduced in 2009, the patented Extron Retractor series of cable retraction modules, in conjunction with the company’s Cable Cubby line of cable access enclosures, is the AV industry’s leading solution for discreet, convenient access to AV, power, and data connections. The Retractor series offers the widest selection of AV and data connectivity including HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, VGA + Audio, USB, PC audio, CAT 6 Network, and DC power. Extron Retractor modules are available in two versions: Standard, with cable extension up to three feet (90 cm); and XL, with cable extension up to five feet (152 cm). In addition, Extron offers the unique Retractor SM line of “Show Me” cable retraction modules for use with the Extron TeamWork collaboration system, with versions for HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and VGA sources. Extron Retractor modules are the most reliable and best engineered AV cable retractors on the market, allowing the cable to retract smoothly and effortlessly with a push of a button.

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