Court Doubles Damages in Saint-Gobain Autover/Xinyi Suit; Orders Xinyi to Pay Nearly $22 Million in Patent Infringement Suit, Along with Attorney's Fees and Court Costs

March 31, 2010

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio issued a ruling today doubling the damages Xinyi Glass North America will be required to pay Saint-Gobain Autover in a patent infringement suit filed by the latter company; the final damages total is nearly $22 million. (The exact amount of the damages totaled $21,888,030, compared with an original ruling of $10,944,015.) In addition, Xinyi has been ordered to pay attorney's fees of nearly $2 million, according to court documents filed today.

In addition to the damages and attorney's fees, court costs also were assessed—totaling $348,882.99-also to be paid by Xinyi, according to court documents.

Though a jury had made a damage assessment in November of around $11 million, Saint-Gobain Autover had motioned for "enhanced damages, attorney's fees and pre-judgment interest." Though the first two of these were granted, Saint-Gobain Autover was not awarded pre-judgment interest, however. (CLICK HERE for related story about the initial November 2009 ruling.)

Saint-Gobain filed the suit in 2006, alleging that Xinyi infringed on two of its patents, one titled "Spacer for Windshield Bracket" (known in court documents as the '669 patent) and one titled "Method of Centering Windshield Glazings" (referred to as the '395 patent). Both patents involve windshields equipped with "an extruded profiled spacer," according to a November statement from Saint-Gobain Autover.

Officials from Xinyi had not responded to a request for comment at press time.

CLICK HERE for full text of today's ruling.


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