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03-15-2010, SCHOTT North America

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

Court's Decision Makes Injunction and Damages Award Against Saint-Gobain Final
March 15, 2010 (Washington, DC) – The United States Supreme Court last week declined to overturn a permanent injunction and damage award against Saint-Gobain Corporation. The Saint-Gobain Corporation was found to have violated SCHOTT Gemtron’s United States Patent No. 6,679,573 (“the ‘573 patent”) on 35 specifically identified models of refrigerator shelves that have been 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 US Supreme Court denied Saint-Gobain’s petition for certiori, making the injunction and damages award against Saint-Gobain final. That trial court ruling permanently enjoined Saint-Gobain from manufacturing for import into the United States refrigerator shelves infringing on the ‘573 patent and awarded SCHOTT Gemtron compensatory damages for past sales of infringing refrigerator shelves by Saint-Gobain Corporation.

"Today the US Supreme Court denied Saint-Gobain's petition for certiorari in our long running patent infringement case. Thus, the District Court's injunction and damages award against Saint-Gobain has become final,” said Douglas Roberts, President of SCHOTT Gemtron. “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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