Patent Litigation

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Paul Fields v. Ogio International, Inc., no 2:10-cv-169 (D. Utah): inventorship correction and damages for excluding plaintiff from inventorship on issued patents on a golf bag carrying system using a yoke or bar resting on both of a user’s shoulders.

VAE Nortrak, VAE GmbH v. Progress Rail, no. CV-03-AR-1480-M (ND AL 2003): patent infringement in RR guard rail brackets; Markman hearing had; adverse rulings on patents, favorable ruling on Clayton Act claim; settled.

Sun Mountain Sports v. Clover Sports, Bennington Golf, Spalding Sports, no. CV 98-175-M-DWM (D.Missoula MT 1998): asserted infringement of patents on stands for golf carry bags, stayed pending re-examination; settled.

Libertyville Saddle Shop v. Dover Saddlery, no. 02C9193 (ND IL 2003): alleged patent infringement in horse blanket closure; settled.

Rabbit Tanaka Corp. v. various importers, resellers (N.D.IL 2000-08): patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress infringement suits on novelty lamps; defendants ceased and desisted, usually with payments for past infringements (local support).

Beneficial Franchise Co v. Bank One, Republic Bank & Trust, River City Bank, no. 00-C-2441 (N.D.IL 2000): alleged infringement of 3 patents on refund anticipation loan processes; local counsel; settled.

Tri-Seal International v. Plastics Resources, no. 95-NC-08G (N.D.UT 1995): declaratory judgment as to patent on fence slats with privacy wings; injunction entered against interference with customer relations; settled.

Tri-Seal International v. J.S. Plastics, 1991 U.S.Dist.. LEXIS 19603 (N.D.IL): co-extruded foamed plastic bottle cap liners, patent infringement suit vs. terminated licensee; preliminary injunction hearing; summary judgment granted; settled.

Budd Co. v. Complax Corp., 19 USPQ2d 1318 (E.D.MI 1990): plastic autobody panel vacuum compression molding method done in Canada; partial summary judgment of non-infringement entered; settled.

Stoller v. Ford Motor Company, 711 F.Supp. 1451 (N.D.IL 1989), 784 F.Supp. 506 (1992): friction-pivot seat-back headrest, summary judgment of patent invalidity; reversed and remanded, 18 USPQ2d 1545 (Fed.Cir. 1991) (unpub'd); settled.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. v. James River, 131 FRD 607, 14 USPQ2d 2070 (N.D.GA 1989): synthetic, breathable, microporous barrier fabric for sterilization wrap, gowns, and workwear; willful patent infringement issues ordered to be tried with other liability issues; settled with consent order and injunction.

AlliedSignal Corp. v. IHI Turbo America (C.D. IL), no. 98-3191: asserted infringement of patent on an automotive turbocharger housing and exhaust port; settled.

PTC v. ICE and Helac Corporation (High Court of Paris, 1997): alleged infringement of adverse French patent on pile driver using helical actuators to position rotating weights; held, French patent not infringed.

Deuer Mfg. Co. v. Kent Products Co., 17 USPQ2d 1379 (E.D.MI 1989): spare tire storage cable winch; patent infringement, jury found willful infringement but claims invalid.

Simmons Fastener Corp. v. Illinois Tool Works, 630 F.Supp 1310, 230 USPQ 311 (N.D. NY 1986): redesigned seal and backing plate held not to infringe.

C.R. Bard v. Baxter Travenol Laboratories, no. 84-7739 TJH (C.D.CA 1986): tamper evident seal for urinary catheter; jury held patent infringed, not willfully; settled.

American Hospital Supply Corp. v. Baxter Travenol Laboratories, ITC case and parallel US District Court case re patented nutritional formulas for patients with liver disease; held, patent not infringed; affirmed at 745 F.2d 1 (1984); settled.

AM International, Inc. v. National Business Systems, Inc., 546 F.Supp. 340 (N.D. IL 1982); shifting-platen credit card data recorders tried and one valid patent held infringed; ITC proceeding, In re Certain Card Data Imprinters, no. 337-TA-104, discovered but stayed, dismissed.

Norfin v. IBM, 453 F.Supp. 1072 and 81 FRD 641 (D.CO 1978), 625 F.2d 357 (10th Cir. 1979): paper distributor system in collator for office copier; juries held patent willfully infringed, awarded $7.5 million in damages; injunction entered and stayed; settled after appeal.

Arnold Industries v. Ram-Trol, Inc., No. 76-916 (W.D.LA 1978): outboard electric trolling motor steering system; patent held invalid on prior art in bench trial.

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