Maine map maker fined $6.2M by feds

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Federal officials have fined a Maine map maker $6.2 million in a patent infringement case over satellite communication devices.

The International Trade Commission's civil penalty against Yarmouth-based DeLorme Publishing is the latest development in a case that began in 2012 when Virginia-based BriarTek filed a complaint alleging that DeLorme's series of hand-held satellite communication devices, marketed as inReach, infringed on BriarTek's patent for a similar product.

DeLorme, founded in 1976, has been transitioning for the past several years from traditional print products such as maps and atlases to high-tech devices.

BriarTek said DeLorme violated a consent agreement.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1inwcEm) reports that DeLorme is expected to appeal.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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