FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Vector Products, Inc. announces the settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit it brought against Schumacher Electric Corporation. As part of the settlement, Schumacher Electric has agreed to cease selling high-frequency battery charger products with an engine start or alternator test feature, which Vector claimed infringed its patent. Schumacher has also agreed to pay Vector patent damages in an amount to be determined in arbitration before the end of the year. "Vector vigorously defends its intellectual property rights and this settlement achieves the results Vector sought in filing the lawsuit against Schumacher. Vector will continue to protect and maintain its patent exclusivity to manufacture and sell its innovative line of high-frequency battery charger models with engine start and alternator test features over the next several years," stated Michael Krieger, Vector's President and CEO. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent No. 6,822,425 to Vector on November 23, 2004. Vector, represented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Venable LLP, filed the patent infringement suit against Schumacher that same day in a Federal District Court in Florida. The settlement followed Vector's win in court on all of the disputed claim construction terms that define the scope of Vector's patent. Vector's Smart Battery Charger series, which is comparably priced to traditional chargers, utilizes a "Pure DC Output" charging current that charges vehicle batteries in a safer, more efficient manner. Vector has revolutionized the battery charging industry by combining proven switch-mode (high-frequency) technology with microprocessor controls, battery diagnostics, and engine start capabilities. The Vector Smart Battery Charger Series features models with charging capacities ranging from two to 50 amps, weighing up to three times less than traditional chargers. This series is UL-listed, demonstrating that it has undergone rigorous safety and performance testing. Vector's Smart Battery Chargers eliminate the guesswork out of charging by using a built-in digital display and diagnostic features such as battery fault codes (which indicate an internal shorted cell, bad connection, internal open cell and overtime/overheated conditions) and an alternator voltage check (which determines if the alternator voltage output is within typical range). Smart Battery Chargers also include consumer safety features, such as spark-resistant reverse polarity hook up, short circuit and overcharging protection. All are backed by a 5-Year Limited Warranty and deliver the quality, innovation and affordability that today's consumer demands. Vector Products, Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is one of the leading developers of innovative automotive aftermarket and consumer-friendly portable power products. With more than 150 products in the line, Vector specializes in battery chargers, portable vehicle jump starters, rechargeable spotlights and flashlights, thermoelectric coolers and portable refrigerators, car care electric appliances, DC to AC power inverters, TV/radio lanterns with all-hazard weather alert, and consumer electronics items. Visit www.vectormfg.com for more information.
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