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PepperBall Sues Colorado Company

PepperBall Technologies Inc. said April 16 that it filed a patent infringement suit in San Diego federal court against Security With Advanced Technology Inc., also known as SWAT, of Westminster, Colo.

PepperBall, a privately held company based in San Diego, alleged that SWAT and two of its subsidiaries infringed on four patents and breached two agreements between the companies.

PepperBall sells nonlethal weapons for law enforcement. An air gun or a shotgun can launch PepperBall’s paintball-like capsules, which are filled with the irritating ingredient in pepper spray.

A SWAT subsidiary called Avurt is going to market its own gunlike launcher that can fire projectiles filled with the same chemical.

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SWAT, which trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol SWAT, responded to PepperBall’s suit April 16 with a statement saying PepperBall’s claims were “without merit” and that it may pursue counterclaims. Shares of SWAT closed at $3.61 on April 16, the day the suit was filed, down 12 percent from the previous day’s close of $4.12. On April 17, they closed higher at $3.73.

PepperBall said that SWAT subsidiary Vizer was originally a PepperBall reseller.

, Brad Graves

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