Smart digital future home locked up

2:00AM Tuesday May 27, 2003

By ANITA MATTHEWS

If you think the term “smart home” has entered the technology vernacular along with the catchphrases smart card, smart phone, smart cars and smart school, think again.

New Zealand home automation company SmartHome Ltd claims it has had exclusive rights to use the term since 1999.

Business development manager Shane Walls-Harris said the company registered “smart home” with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (Iponz) and had a monopoly on its use within the context of home automation systems.

In fact, SmartHome has also registered related terms: smart house, future home, digital house, intelligent house and other variants.
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