CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 30, 2017, a trial team co-led by Fish & Richardson and Winston & Strawn won a jury verdict of willful patent infringement for the Chamberlain Group (CGI), an industry leader in the garage door industry against Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd (TTI). The verdict followed an eight-day trial in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois. The jury found that Hong Kong-based TTI, the parent company to brands Ryobi, Milwaukee, Hoover, Oreck and others, willfully infringed two of CGI's patents.
One of the infringed patents related to core garage door open connectivity technology, the inventor of which is one of Chicago's most prolific inventors, Jim Fitzgibbon, and the other patent covered the use of a battery from power tools as a back-up battery for garage door openers. The jury awarded CGI the full amount of damages, including lost profits.
With over 400 patents worldwide, CGI invests substantial resources into innovation around the areas of safety, security and connectivity. Today's garage door openers include decades of CGI's innovations. Some of CGI's inventions include photo beams that prevent garage doors from harming people and pets by reversing the garage door upon detection of a person, an invention that is the industry standard and now legally mandated. The company also invented an encryption system that keeps garages so safe that many people use garage doors as the main home entry point with the house door unlocked. In recent years, CGI developed the MyQ Home Control app which allows homeowners to easily connect to their homes from anywhere with a smartphone.
The trial team was led by Fish principal Ben Elacqua, Winston Silicon Valley managing partner Kathi Vidal, and Winston partners George Lombardi and Michael Rueckheim. Fish associate Malena Stiteler and Winston associates Matt McCullough and Shanna Lehrman were also on the team. Susan Bell, general counsel of the Chamberlain Group, guided the litigation strategy from beginning to end.
"This was a hard-fought case and we are thrilled to deliver this win to our client," said Elacqua. "Chamberlain Group's commitment to innovation in the industry is unmatched, from inventors to executives, and it was an honor to stand by their side along with my Fish and Winston colleagues."
"For all of us, both at Winston & Fish, working with the inventors and Chamberlain Group family made this very personal," said Vidal. "We were all humbled to help such an incredible company with family values from top down. We believe that justice was served."
Fish & Richardson is a global patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the U.S. and Europe. Our success is rooted in our creative and inclusive culture, which values the diversity of people, experiences, and perspectives. Fish is the #1 U.S. patent litigation firm, handling nearly three times as many cases as its nearest competitor; a powerhouse patent prosecution firm; a top-tier trademark and copyright firm; and the #1 firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with more cases than any other firm. Since 1878, Fish attorneys have been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the world's most innovative and influential technology leaders. For more information, visit https://www.fr.com or follow us at @FishRichardson.
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