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Nest Labs inks patent agreement with Intellectual Ventures

Nest Labs inks patent agreement with Intellectual Ventures

Nest may be better known as a company that offers the Learning Thermostat, a device that is touted as being a next-generation thermostat. This means easy installation, the ability to adjust the temperature based on your habits, the ability to control the thermostat from outside of the home and more. What some may not realize though, is that Nest has been battling some other companies over patents.

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Honeywell announces LYNX Touch 5100 security system

Honeywell announces LYNX Touch 5100 security system

Nest may believe that Honeywell is “worse than a patent troll” and holding back theromstat innovation, but the latter company does business in other areas too. They also build security systems, and the company has announced a new one in its range: the LYNX Touch 5100. According to Honeywell, it’s the first self-contained security system that supports both WiFi and 4G.

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Nest: “Honeywell is worse than a patent troll”

Nest: “Honeywell is worse than a patent troll”

If you don’t know the name Honeywell, you might be surprised to find they’re one of the world’s largest manufacturers of thermostats. They sued upstart Nest over the smart thermostat, citing patent infringement. Now, Nest has shot back, saying that Honeywell is “worse than a patent troll”, with their patents “hopelessly invalid.”

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HVAC stalwart Honeywell could’ve bested Nest decades ago

HVAC stalwart Honeywell could’ve bested Nest decades ago

It seems that one of the world's largest thermostat makers, Honeywell, had a learning unit quite a few years before the now-popular "Nest" did, and nixed it soon after its conception. Speaking with Honeywell's President of Environmental and Combustion Controls division miss Beth Wozniak, GigaOM's Katie Fehrenbacher found that Honeywell decided to drop the program because people wanted to control their temperature themselves. We must wonder if the folks at Nest will run into the same problem with everyday citizens when they release their product this year.

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