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ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY AND IVHS FOUNDER ACCUSED OF PATENT INFRINGEMENT BY VEHICLE RADAR SAFETY SYSTEMS

 ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY AND IVHS FOUNDER
 ACCUSED OF PATENT INFRINGEMENT BY VEHICLE RADAR SAFETY SYSTEMS
 DETROIT, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by Vehicle Radar Safety Systems (VRSS):
 Allstate Insurance Company of Northbrook, Ill., was named in a multi-count, patent infringement case filed in federal court today by Vehicle Radar Safety Systems.
 Allstate and Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems Technology (IVHS, Inc.) and its founder, John Davis, are said to have collaborated to bring a vehicle collision warning system to market which was previously patented by George Rashid Sr. of VRSS in Mount Clemens, Mich., in August of 1975. The Rashids are asking that the patent for IVHS's VORAD system, soon to be installed on 2,400 Greyhound buses, be declared fraudulent and invalid. IVHS of San Diego is working with the University of California at Berkeley under a contract with the California Department of Transportation to further develop the technology.
 Davis acquired a patent for the warning system in 1987 without disclosing in his application that when he worked at Information Systems of San Diego that he was aware of the Rashid technology. In the early 1970s, Davis met with the Rashids on several occasions and discussed manufacturing the Rashid Radar Safety Brake. At that time, the Rashids left in his possession their blueprints and an installed, operational Radar Safety Brake. According to a federal patent disclosure regulation (37 CFR 1.56), there is a duty to disclose this information. It is this violation that could make Davis' patent invalid.
 The Rashids first obtained a patent on the collision warning system in 1958, then renewed it in 1975 on the 17-year patent cycle. Coincidentally, VRSS' 1975 patent expires on Aug. 5, 1992. The patent infringement discovery was made just after Charlie Rashid added his changes to his father's patent on the collision warning system in October of 1990. Unlike the older 6-inch antenna, a 3-inch antenna is now mounted on a vehicle's grille and the system scans the road ahead with a low-power radar beam. If another vehicle in its path suddenly stops, slows, or may be hit, the system will flash and sound warning signals. If there is imminent danger, the system will apply the vehicle's brakes as needed to avoid a crash.
 The Rashids never actively marketed the technology VORAD uses because they felt that the system could still be improved upon. After many years of research and development, the problems of the earlier models have been resolved in Charlie Rashid's new Rashid Radar Safety Brake Collision Warning System(TM). A new patent would have extended the Rashids' Aug. 5 patent expiration date.
 Davis' 1987 patent is preventing the approval of the new Radar Safety Brake Collision Warning System -- and the company has hit a brick wall. Ironically, VRSS was forced to file a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Petition in January of this year, in part because the Rashids declared knowledge of Davis' VORAD product on their 1990 patent application.
 In the 1970s, 1980s and again just last year, Allstate representatives met with VRSS to discuss the potential for the Rashid Radar Safety Brake. Six months prior to their last meeting, Allstate, a subsidiary of Sears Roebuck, invested over $2 million in IVHS' VORAD system. During the meetings with VRSS, Allstate representatives were informed of Davis' patent infringement by VRSS' legal counsel. Ignoring notification of a potential patent infringement lawsuit, Allstate continued to invest in IVHS and Davis' patented product.
 According to Jack C. Chilingirian, the attorney representing the Rashids and VRSS, "Allstate has also refused to have the Davis patent examined for authenticity. At one point, Allstate was so excited about the Rashids' new technology, they recommended a possible merger between IVHS and VRSS."
 Jack E. Rashid, VRSS vice president, said, "Although we knew Davis was involved at IVHS in San Diego, we did not know until our 1990 patent application response by the patent office that Davis had acquired a patent on our technology. Now that we do, we don't plan on letting Davis and Allstate continue to profit at our expense."
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 /NOTE: Media representatives interested in a demonstration of the system should call Jack E. Rashid, 313-463-7883.
 CONTACT: Jack E. Rashid, vice president of VRSS, 313-463-7883; or Jack C. Chilingirian, VRSS legal counsel, 313-777-0400/ CO: Vehicle Radar Safety Systems; Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems
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