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Federal officials fine Maine map maker $6.2m

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Federal officials have fined a Maine map maker $6.2 million in a patent infringement case over satellite communication devices. The US International Trade Commission’s civil penalty against Yarmouth-based DeLorme Publishing is the latest development in a case that began in 2012 when Virginia-based BriarTek filed a complaint alleging that DeLorme’s series of hand-held satellite communication devices, marketed as inReach, infringed on BriarTek’s patent for a similar product. DeLorme, founded in 1976, has been moving from traditional print products such as maps and atlases to high-tech devices.

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