Case Noted Among Top Settlements for 2007
Crain's Detroit Business recently included in a patent infringement
lawsuit between Guardian Industries Corp. in Auburn Hills, Mich.,
and AFG Industries Inc. (now AGC Flat Glass, based in Alpharetta,
Ga.) in its coverage of "2007's Top Verdicts and Settlements" in
the Detroit area.
The case, Guardian Industries Corp. and Centre Luxembourgeois
de Recherches pour le Verre et la Cermaiuq S.A. vs. AFG Industries
Inc., was filed September 25, 2003, in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and was settled out of
court in March 2007. Though USGNN.comô chose not to publish a link
to the case as it is old news, reports from other sources did circulate.
Guardian had taken legal action against AFG in 2003, alleging that
the company had infringed on several of its patents for low-E coatings.
While not a recent case, Crain's found the case notable for the
eight figure award granted to Guardian, in addition to added payments
should AFG continue to use its patents for "heat treatable low-E
coated articles and methods of making same" and "coated article
with improved barrier layer structure and method of making the same."
The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by court documents.
HERE to read the story from Crain's (scroll to page 12).
HERE to read the original complaint.
HERE to read the dismissal of the case.
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