TransData licenses smart meter patents to Aciara Technologies and sues other manufacturers

Written By: Stratton Report
March 29, 2016


On March 29, TransData, Inc., announced that it had licensed its Smart Electric Meter Patents to Aclara Technologies, LLC. The terms of the agreement are confidential.

TransData’s Smart Electric Meter Patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,181,294; 6,462,713; and 6,903,699) cover technology by TransData that enables equipping a digital electric meter with an internal wireless communication circuit and antenna. Digital electric meters equipped with TransData’s patented technology are commonly known as “smart meters.”

Trace Gleibs, President of TransData remarked:

“We are extremely pleased to have signed yet another patent license agreement.”

According to TransData, Aclara Technologies joins numerous patent licensees including General Electric, Sensus Metering, Vision Metering, The Southern Company, Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power.

TransData is currently suing smart meter manufacturers Itron Inc. and Landis+Gyr as well as several utilities, including Oncor Electric Delivery, CenterPoint Energy, CoServ and Denton Municipal Electric for patent infringement. The first trial relating to TransData’s lawsuits is scheduled for July 18, 2016 in Tyler, Texas.

Attorneys Jamie McDole at Haynes and Boone, LLP and Greg Parker at Hitt Gaines, P.C., represented TransData in the licensing deal.