We are gratified the jury found that the SCHOTT-Gemtron patent pertaining to refrigerator shelves is valid and enforceable and that Saint-Gobain's actions infringe on that patent. The verdict further demonstrates both SCHOTT-Gemtron's resolve to vigorously defend our intellectual property portfolio and the strength of SCHOTT-Gemtron's patent portfolio in the U.S. marketplace
Elmsford, NY (Vocus) February 5, 2008
A judgment was entered today by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan on a verdict returned by a jury in favor of Gemtron Corporation and against Saint-Gobain Corporation. Gemtron is a joint venture between SCHOTT Corporation and AGC-Flat Glass North America, Inc. ("SCHOTT-Gemtron"). The jury found that Saint-Gobain is infringing United States Patent No. 6,679,573 ("the '573" patent"), owned by SCHOTT-Gemtron. The jury also rejected Saint-Gobain's defense that the '573 patent was invalid. The '573 patent covers refrigerator shelves that are made of a plastic frame and a glass panel that snap together. Judgment has been entered against Saint-Gobain on 35 specifically identified lines of refrigerator shelves, as well as any similarly constructed refrigerator shelves, that have been or are being imported into, used, or sold in the United States.
A trial on damages and willful infringement is scheduled to begin on April 7, 2008.
SCHOTT-Gemtron expects that certain post-trial motions will be filed by Saint-Gobain with the Court with respect to the jury's decision. In the near future, SCHOTT-Gemtron intends to ask the Court for permanent injunctive relief to prohibit Saint-Gobain continuing infringement of the patent. The decision may be appealed by Saint-Gobain to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
"We are gratified the jury found that the SCHOTT-Gemtron patent pertaining to refrigerator shelves is valid and enforceable and that Saint-Gobain's actions infringe on that patent. The verdict further demonstrates both SCHOTT-Gemtron's resolve to vigorously defend our intellectual property portfolio and the strength of SCHOTT-Gemtron's patent portfolio in the U.S. marketplace," said Dr. Hans-Joachim Konz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation.
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