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07-23-2009, SCHOTT North America, Inc.

Appeals Court Affirms SCHOTT Gemtron Patent Infringement Case Against Saint-Gobain Corporation

July, 23, 2009 (Elmsford, NY) – The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the trial court ruling of September, 2008 that the Saint-Gobain Corporation had violated SCHOTT Gemtron’s United States Patent No. 6,679,573 (“the 573 patent”) on 35 specifically identified lines of refrigerator shelves that have been or are being imported into, used, or sold in the United States. The ‘573 patent covers refrigerator shelves that are made of a plastic frame and a glass panel that snap together.

The ruling affirms the trial court’s judgment, which permanently enjoins Saint Gobain from manufacturing for import into the United States refrigerator shelves infringing on the 573 patent and awards SCHOTT Gemtron compensatory damages for past sales of infringing refrigerator shelves by Saint-Gobain Corporation.

”SCHOTT Gemtron applauds the ruling of the Court of Appeals in upholding the lower court’s decision and the company’s patent,” stated Douglas Roberts, President and COO of SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation. “SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation prides itself on creating innovative solutions to our customers, and this ruling will enable us to continue to do just that. In compliance with general SCHOTT group strategy, it is SCHOTT Gemtron’s policy to vigorously defend its valuable intellectual property against any and all infringers, big or small.”
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