It's been a few days since Honeywell International filed a patent lawsuit against Nest and the Nest Learning Thermometer, and now the accused has released a statement saying the company plans to "vigorously defend itself against Honeywell's patent-attack strategy to stifle thoughtful competition." Honeywell is claiming that Nest violated a total of seven patents covering the operation and programming of thermostats, and specifically aims to stop Best Buy from selling Nest thermometers to close off the supply to consumers.
Nest's full statement is below.
We at Nest are proud of creating products that bring true innovation to home efficiency and we are continuing to innovate and bring products to market. The Nest Learning Thermostat is already making a difference, saving customers energy and money. Nest will vigorously defend itself against Honeywell’s patent-attack strategy to stifle thoughtful competition and we have the resources, support and conviction to do so.