Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 2, 2020 (September 1, 2020)


ClearOne, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)


(Commission File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)


5225 Wiley Post Way, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


+1 (801) 975-7200

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Not applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Common Stock, $0.001


The NASDAQ Capital Market

Item 8.01               Other Events.


ClearOne, Inc. (the “Company”) is involved in litigation against Shure Incorporated (“Shure”) as further described in Part I, Item 3 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 (the “Annual Report”), as supplemented by the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 25, 2020 (the “Current Report”), which information in such Annual Report and Current Report is incorporated herein by reference.  The following recent developments amend and supplement the disclosure of the ongoing litigation proceedings against Shure as follows:


  • Shure, Incorporated v. ClearOne, Inc., 17-cv-3078 (N.D. of Illinois) - In this matter, the Company asserts that Shure’s MXA910, MXA910-A, and MXA910-US infringes two ClearOne patents: U.S. Patent No. 9,635,186 (the “’186 Patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 9,813,806 (the “’806 Patent”).  On September 2, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing an order issued September 1, 2020 by Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois holding that “Shure has violated the preliminary injunction order and is found in contempt because it designed the MXA910-A in such a way that allows it to be easily installed flush in most ceiling grids.” A copy of the Company’s press release dated September 2, 2020 is filed herewith as exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01              Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d)  Exhibits


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Exhibit Title






Press Release of ClearOne, Inc. dated September 2, 2020.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.







Date: September 2, 2020


/s/ Zeynep Hakimoglu



Zeynep Hakimoglu



Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)




Exhibit Number


Exhibit Title






Press Release of ClearOne, Inc. dated September 2, 2020.

Exhibit 99.1

Court Holds Shure in Contempt of Preliminary Injunction Order

SALT LAKE CITY, September 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a leading global provider of audio and visual communication solutions, comments on the order issued yesterday by Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois holding that “Shure has violated the preliminary injunction order and is found in contempt because it designed the MXA910-A in such a way that allows it to be easily installed flush in most ceiling grids” (the Contempt Order”). 

The preliminary injunction order referenced (the PI Order”) is the August 2019 Order that enjoined Shure from, among other things, “manufacturing, marketing, and selling the MXA910 in a way that encourages or allows integrators to install it in a drop-ceiling mounting configuration” in a way that infringes ClearOne’s U.S. Patent No. 9,813,806 (the “’806 Patent”).  In response to that Order, Shure released the MXA910-A, claiming publicly that “[t]he Court ruled on November 3, 2019, that the new MXA910W-A is not included under the preliminary injunction.”

In the Contempt Order, the Court corrected Shure:[T]he record is clear and convincing that Shure—through its design choices—violated the injunction order by allowing integrators to install the MXA910-A in the enjoined flush configuration.”  Ultimately, the Court ordered that “Shure shall no longer manufacture, market, or sell the MXA910-A

In addition, the Court held that “[t]he record is also clear as to the MXA910-60CM, but in an abundance of caution, the Court will refrain from granting that aspect of the contempt motion to allow for additional discovery” on that and the “possibility that Shure also violated the preliminary injunction order” by pushing sales of the MXA910 immediately after the issuance of the PI Order—discovery to which ClearOne would not have otherwise been entitled.

We believe that this Contempt Order finally puts to bed Shure’s claim that the MXA910-A is not subject to the PI Order,” said Zee Hakimoglu, CEO and Chair of ClearOne.

The Order —rightfully in my viewdescribed Shure’s efforts with the MXA910-A as not fully in the spirit of a good-faith design around and concluded that Shure either gave dishonest information to [its own] counsel or was negligent in the extreme in providing that information. ClearOne is pleased that the Court continues to hold Shure responsible for its unlawful conduct, and we will continue to vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend our strategic patents from infringement, Hakimoglu concluded.

ClearOne’s motion to accuse Shure’s MXA910-US of infringing the ’806 Patent is still pending with the Court.

The case number in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois is 17-cv-3078.


About ClearOne 


ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced, comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability, and scalability.  Visit ClearOne at www.clearone.com.


Printable releases are available in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.


Forward Looking Statements


This release contains “forward-looking” statements that are based on present circumstances and on ClearOne’s predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated. Such forward-looking statements and any statements of the plans and objectives of management for future operations and forecasts of future growth and value, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and ClearOne assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with, and is modified in its entirety by, the Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “10-K”) filed by the Company for the same period with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and all of the Company’s other public filings with the SEC (the “Public Filings”).


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