Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 10/31/2007 03:46:00 PM

ROBOT WARS!!!! Robotic FX Says iRobot's Secrets Ain't All That Secret

By Todd
XConomy's Robert Buderi is doing an excellent job covering the robotic trade secret wars and we though you'd enjoy having a look in on this reporting.

Apparently, Robotic FX's attorneys have presented the presiding judge with a letter that argues along these lines:

"Schmidt’s letter argues that none of these features involves trade secrets or confidential information. She contends that the elastomer material used in the PackBot’s tracks and the method of manufacturing it are publicly known. She says that three of the five prototype PackBot features in question “are merely applications of common engineering knowledge.” The other two, as well as the chassis design, are not trade secrets but “publicly disclosed in iRobot’s patents,” according to the letter."

We'll keep an eye on those controlling the robots for you.

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