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 assessedtotaling $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.
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