FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, announced today that it received a jury verdict in its favor in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in the patent litigation brought against FARO by Nikon Metrology, Inc. (formerly Metris USA, Inc.) and its affiliates in July of 2008. The court found Nikon Metrology’s patent claims invalid.  While Nikon may attempt to appeal the decision, the jury verdict favorably concludes this stage of the litigation.
U.S. Patent No. 7,313,264, the sole remaining object of the suit, was issued in December of 2007 and was related to FARO’s laser line probe accessory used with some FaroArms in the marketplace.  The U.S. District Court previously ruled in summary judgment that FARO did not infringe a separate Nikon patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,611,617, as initially alleged by Nikon.

“The resolution emphasizes the uniqueness of FARO’s technology.  FARO carefully designs its products to ensure that intellectual property rights of third parties are respected while maintaining its own significant patent portfolio.  FARO is prepared to defend itself and protect its portfolio any time it is necessary to do so,” said Jay Freeland, FARO’s President & Chief Executive Officer.

FARO Technologies was represented by Bill Cass of Cantor Coburn, LLP in the matter.

FARO develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

Worldwide, approximately 15,000 customers are operating more than 30,000 installations of FARO's systems. The Company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Fla., its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branches in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com

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See how you can inspect parts safer and more easily with the FARO Edge Arm and the new Rapidform XOV3. This informative webinar will explain how you can use the Edge’s touch probe and laser scanner to measure parts with XOV’s brand new LiveInspect technology. See how companies are already speeding first article inspections from 4 weeks to 4 days using this innovative technology.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Plan inspections with the easiest, fastest GD&T setup in the industry
  • Skip the tedious and error-prone process of defining reference geometry -- measure directly to a CAD model
  • Run the FARO Edge’s probe and laser scanner directly from Rapidform XOV
  • Quickly measure parts in an intuitive, straightforward way
  • Generate great looking inspection reports with just a few clicks

July 10, 2012
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

For more information or to register, visit: www.faro.com/content.aspx?ct=uk&content=news&item=4101&tab=1

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, introduces the FARO Edge and Laser Line Probe, the most advanced, state-of-the-art FaroArm system ever produced.

The FARO Edge is a portable measurement arm that allows manufacturers to easily verify their product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing and non-contact laser scanning.

The latest generation of the FaroArm product line continues to eclipse competitive models in every category. The Edge improves production, quality, and reverse engineering processes by rapidly verifying or scanning parts with confidence and accuracy. The new Arm also simplifies the user experience with improved performance, portability and reliability.

“The FARO Edge was designed with our customers’ input and built with our experience,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “It offers unparalleled simplicity for the user while maintaining all the existing benefits of a FaroArm and demonstrates our continued leadership in this space through innovative and disruptive technology.”

The all new Edge features the first ever integrated personal measurement assistant.  With its built-in touchscreen and on-board operating system, the Edge revolutionizes portable metrology by providing stand-alone basic measurement capability.  A laptop is no longer needed to perform quick and simple dimensional checks, or to optimize system performance with it’s on board diagnostic routines.

Available in three popular working volumes and 7-axis configuration, the Edge is the perfect fit for any portable measurement application, eliminating the guess work of which length is right for the job. Seven axis of rotation ensures you always get the most flexibility out of your device.

Additional industry-leading areas of improvement and capability include:

* Enhanced Connectivity – Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, and Ethernet ready.  Multiple device management through networking.
* Smart Sensor Technology – Improved sensors warn against excessive external loads, correct for thermal variations, and detect possible setup problems.
* Ergonomics – Improved weight distribution and balance for reduced strain and ease-of-use. Patented internal counterbalancing providing comfortable, stress-free use.
* Multi-Function Handle Port – Seamless and interchangeable accessory integration. Quick-change handle. Expandable capability.

The all new FARO Laser Line Probe provides unparalleled non-contact measurement capabilities. Its wider laser stripe significantly increases scan coverage without sacrificing accuracy, while variable capture rates can produce over 45,000 points per second for exceptional speed and feature definition.

Taking advantage of the Edge’s multi-function, quick-change handle port, the Laser Line Probe integrates seamlessly and instantly becomes part of the arm. Lighter weight, amazingly compact and completely unobtrusive, it delivers the best performance at the lowest price in the industry for a handheld laser scanning system.

“Everything about the Edge was designed from the ground up to boost productivity and deliver the best performance in a portable arm CMM,” said Orlando Perez, Product Manager - FaroArm. “As the first ever smart measurement arm with built-in apps, the FARO Edge changes absolutely everything.”

For more information visit: www.faro.com/edge

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