BILLERICA, Mass., July 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc., ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI) a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced that it has reached a settlement with Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc., regarding Patent Interference No. 105,890 before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The proceeding involved technology used in high throughput personnel scanners which include using backscatter X-rays as a detection method.
The terms of the settlement are confidential. It can be reported, however, that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board awarded judgment in favor of AS&E and cancelled all of the claims in the Rapiscan patent.
AS&E's pending application, which will now return to ordinary examination by a patent examiner, is directed to aspects of dual-sided, high-throughput X-ray inspection systems that employ multiple detectors and sources to quickly screen people for explosive threats and other contraband. AS&E has already obtained many patents on backscatter technology.
"We are very pleased to reach a settlement with Rapiscan Systems regarding this interference action," said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E's President and CEO. "AS&E pioneered backscatter technology and the proceeding reaffirms our leading position in developing new applications for backscatter technology to help our customers solve their inspection problems."
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced, X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter™ X-rays. Learn more about AS&E products and technologies at www.as-e.com.
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