Business Briefs: Alien secures $10.9 million in funding

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Alien Technology announced that it has secured an aggregate of
$10.9 million in new financing, led by existing investors Advanced
Equities, New Enterprise Associates and Sunbridge Partners.
Alien Technology announced that it has secured an aggregate of $10.9 million in new financing, led by existing investors Advanced Equities, New Enterprise Associates and Sunbridge Partners.

Despite challenging economic conditions in the first half of 2009, sales in the RFID industry are suggesting a healthy path to recovery. Alien is pleased to report an all-time record volume quarter for RFID IC and Inlay sales for the quarter ending December 2009. Alien’s inlay and IC volumes have been growing at a rate of approximately 50 percent quarter over quarter for the past two quarters.

Along with the 2009 economic challenges came fruitful opportunities. One very successful example was a response to fluctuating volumes and a transition from a fixed-cost inlay manufacturing process to a scalable, varibable-cost process. As a result, Alien fully transitioned to an all new inlay product family in 2009, along with innovative, new features in its industry leading Higgs™-3 RFID IC. Additionally, a new and improved enterprise category reader was announced for the European market.

Further, Alien is pleased to announce positive developments related to all patent infringement claims asserted against Alien’s Gen2 tag products. All infringement claims alleged have either been adjudicating in Alien’s favor on summary judgment for non-infringement, stayed following initial rejection by the US Patent and Trademark Office upon reexamination, or voluntarily withdrawn.

Details: www.alientechnology.com.

50 Plus Shopper Club

Gilroy Premium Outlets will hold its 50 Plus Shopper Club event today. The first 50 customers aged 50 or older to show identification at Outlets Information Center in Building C will receive a free souvenir tote bag filled with special discounts and more. Shoppers are also invited to stop by the Information Center and enter to win a $50 gift card and prizes donated by center merchants. Details: www.premiumoutlets.com/gilroy.

Chamber mixer

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce will hold its after hours mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gilroy Chevrolet Cadillac, 6720 Bearcat Court, Gilroy. There will be wine, appetizers, a raffle and prizes. Details: 842-6437

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