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Norman weather service companies settle stormy dispute

Weather Fusion LLC had accused Weather Decision Technologies of lifting proprietary hail data. Both companies are in Norman.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: December 7, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: December 7, 2013

— Two weather information companies have settled their intellectual property dispute over weather maps used by commercial roofers and insurance companies to track hail damage.

Norman-based Weather Fusion LLC and its competitor, Weather Decision Technologies Inc., also based in Norman, reached the confidential settlement after fighting in court over the weather maps.

Weather Fusion moved to file a federal lawsuit against Weather Decision Technologies in July 2012, alleging that Weather Decision Technologies took proprietary information about its hail-tracking maps from Weather Fusion to develop its own competing service to businesses at cheaper prices.

After the two companies settled the dispute out of court, U.S. District Court Judge Robin J. Cauthron issued a permanent injunction to ban Weather Decision Technologies from accessing maps on Weather Fusion's websites.

“As a data originator, we recognize that our intellectual property gives us a unique position of strength,” Weather Fusion CEO Don Giuliano said in a statement.

“Accordingly, we take all appropriate steps to safeguard our IP (intellectual property) and to protect our customers, partners, employees, and other stakeholders.”

Weather Decision Technologies CEO Michael Eilts said his firm plans to maintain its position “as the pre-eminent developer of weather solutions for the insurance and roofing industries.”

Eilts co-founded Weather Decision Technologies in Norman in 2000. The company provides weather tracking and forecasting services.

Weather Fusion, which provides similar weather-related data, was founded in Norman in 2007.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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