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Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. -- Significant Decision in Ongoing Battle

Friday, April 25, 2014

Today, in the case, Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., Chief Judge Christopher Conner of the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment of infringement against Bridgeport’s accused products. Damages are still pending. By way of background, this is the latest win for Arlington (a leading manufacturer of unique and innovative electrical and communications products manufacturer) in a decade long battle with Bridgeport over related infringing products and related patents. In fact, this is the sixth judgment of infringement entered in favor of Arlington against Bridgeport since 2001. The most notable fact about this case is that in 2009, the district court of PA granted Bridgeport’s summary judgment of non-infringement based on an erroneous claim construction. That judgment of non-infringement was reversed at the Federal Circuit based on the appeal written and argued by the Crowell & Moring team on behalf of Arlington. After the mandate was issued by the Federal Circuit in April 2011, the case was returned to the district court where Arlington promptly obtained a preliminary injunction, removing Bridgeport’s products from the market until the expiration of the patent in December 2011. Although damages are still pending in this matter, Bridgeport has already paid $4.8 Million in damages for infringement of this patent and was recently found in contempt of another patent where Arlington’s multi-million fee award is pending. As these cases are between fierce competitors, in a 2-supplier market, the injunctions previously issued in this case and in the contempt case are significantly more valuable than the damages.

The Washington, D.C.-based, Crowell & Moring team representing Arlington Industries is led by Kathryn Clune, partner and vice chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and includes associate Jacob Zambrzycki.

Co-counsel in these matters includes Carter Phillips of Sidley & Austin, who was co-counsel at the Federal Circuit and Robert Tribeck of Rhoads & Sinon who served as local counsel in Pennsylvania.

The case is Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. 3:06-CV-1105.

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