SCHOTT Gemtron Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Saint-Gobain Corporation

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The judgment states that 35 of Saint-Gobain's specifically identified lines of refrigerator shelves that have been or are being imported into, used, or sold in the United States infringe SCHOTT Gemtron's patent.

SCHOTT Gemtron applauds the ruling of the court confirming the jury's verdict that our patent is valid and infringed and granting the injunction

The United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan has entered Final Judgment in favor of SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation and against Saint-Gobain Corporation (case # 1:04CV0387) for violating SCHOTT Gemtron's United States Patent No. 6,679,573 ("the 573 patent"). The Judgment, which is based on a jury verdict and rulings of the Court, states that 35 of Saint-Gobain's specifically identified lines of refrigerator shelves that have been or are being imported into, used, or sold in the United States infringe the '573 patent. That patent covers refrigerator shelves that are made of a plastic frame and a glass panel that snap together.

The Judgment awards SCHOTT Gemtron compensatory damages relating to the sales of refrigerator shelves manufactured by Saint-Gobain Corporation that infringe on the 573 patent. Additionally, the Court issued an injunction against Saint-Gobain relating to the making, using, selling, or offering for sale of refrigerator shelves that infringe upon the 573 patent. The injunction will go into effect if the Judgment is not appealed or if the Judgment is affirmed on appeal.

"SCHOTT Gemtron applauds the ruling of the court confirming the jury's verdict that our patent is valid and infringed and granting the injunction," stated Douglas Roberts, President and CEO of SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation. "SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation prides itself on creating innovative solutions to our customers, and this ruling will enable us to continue to do just that."

About SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation
SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation (Sweetwater, Tenn.) is a joint venture of AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc. and the majority shareholder SCHOTT. AGC is a subsidiary of Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., one of the world's largest float-glass organizations. SCHOTT is a technology-driven, international group that sees its core purpose as the lasting improvement of living and working conditions through special materials and high-tech solutions. SCHOTT's Flat Glass business has operations in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America, with SCHOTT Gemtron serving North American customers.

SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation is a leading manufacturer and fabricator of glass, metal and molded components for the appliance industry. Through expert solutions and close collaboration with customers, SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation delivers a steady stream of innovation and value to its worldwide customers and partners.

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Brian Lynch
P: (914) 831-2287
E: brian.lynch@us.schott.com
http://www.us.schott.com

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