Jury finds no evidence of trademark infringement, fraudulent sales practices

SALT LAKE CITY—Alarm Protection Technology (APT) is the victor in its legal battle with residential security giant ADT.

A U.S. District Court jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., decided in two hours in late February that APT, based here, did not infringe upon the name and trademark of ADT, based in Boca Raton, Fla., and that its sales reps did not engage in fraudulent and deceptive sales tactics.

“The jury clearly saw that ADT’s allegations were unfounded and returned a very quick verdict—a verdict that we were certainly expecting and happy about. We did nothing wrong,” Adam Christian, general legal counsel for Alarm Protection Technology, told Security Systems News.

ADT, seeking $27 million in damages, alleged that Alarm Protection Technology’s use of its APT acronym and its logo infringed on ADT’s trademark, Christian said. ADT also alleged that Alarm Protection Technology sales representatives used underhanded sales tactics with regard to the use of the APT acronym, he said.

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