Patent footnote

Readers will remember the problems that have beset Monitoring Systems, the UK manufacturer and installer of distributed measuring systems caught in a stranglehold by the US company Slope Indicator over an alleged patent infringement (C&I, News Analysis, April and May 1997). Chairman Eileen Burnett travelled to the USA to address the Fieldcomms 97 conference in […]

Readers will remember the problems that have beset Monitoring Systems, the UK manufacturer and installer of distributed measuring systems caught in a stranglehold by the US company Slope Indicator over an alleged patent infringement (C&I, News Analysis, April and May 1997).

Chairman Eileen Burnett travelled to the USA to address the Fieldcomms 97 conference in Boston’s World Trade Centre to deliver a stinging attack on the company and its parent, the Anglo American Corporation – and to receive a standing ovation for what she described as the ‘bullying’ tactics which have forced her company into administrative receivership.

The patent refers to systems which measure any physical phenomena by having a device which can be polled by a computer and embodies the RS485 protocol.

She will ‘fight to the end’, she says.