Court Rules in Legal Battle over Use of Defunct Malvern Company’s Software

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Image of former Zonoff CEO Michael Harris via Joseph DiStefano, Philadelphia Inquirer.

In the legal battle over software developed by the now-defunct Zonoff, which was based in Malvern, the court has ruled in ADT’s favor and blocked Ring from selling its Z1 security system until the dispute is resolved, writes Joseph DiStefano for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The security giant alleges that California-based Ring used software developed by Zonoff’s founder and his software team prior to their joining Ring in March. The disputed system can check electronic systems at home and set and change timing instructions on appliances through a homeowner’s cell phone.

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The order issued by J. Travis Laster, a Delaware judge, stops Ring from selling its Z1 platform and its code “pending further order of the court.”

ADT sued Ring last spring after Michael Harris and his Zonoff team joined Ring. The issue was that Zonoff had raised $32 million in venture capital three years ago, but ADT had already contributed more than $30 million to help develop Zonoff’s sensor-based system.

ADT said in court that the system Ring has is effectively the same one that ADT owned after financing Zonoff.

Read more about the court’s decision in the Philadelphia Inquirer here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of Zonoff here.

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