Acco Brands, Inc. v. ABA Locks Manufacturer Ltd., 2006 WL 887396, E.D.Tex., March 28, 2006
Judge: T. John Ward
Holding: Order Disposing of Remaining Issues
The jury in this case returned a verdict for the plaintiff in May 2004 for $2.3 million against ABA Locks and $1.79 against Belkin. Judge Ward granted in part the defendants' motion for judgment as a matter of law, holding one of the patents invalid, which necessitated a retrial. In December 2005, a second jury rendered a verdict for the plaintiff for $1.8 million against ABA Locks and $253,000 against Belkin. The court held that the defendants have not established inequitable conduct during the prosecution of the '989 patent. Based on the finding of willful infringement, the court declared the case exceptional, enhances damages, and awards attorneys' fees and costs. A judgment and permanent injunction issued contemporaneously with this opinion and order.