US court finds in favour of Metso
METSO have been successful in protecting their intellectual property rights against a competitor in a US court of law.
A jury of at US District Court for the Eastern District of New York reached a verdict in a favour of Metso in a lawsuit against Powerscreen International Distribution Ltd (today known as Terex GB Ltd), Terex Corporation, Emerald Equipment Systems Inc., and others.
The case concerned the protection of patent rights relating to Metso’s lateral folding-conveyor for mobile crushing and screening plants. According to the verdict, the company’s patent is valid and the defendants had been infringing it since 2000.
Moreover, the jury found that the infringement was willful, thereby potentially allowing Metso to collect multiple damages expected to be in the region of €12 million (US$16 million).
Subject to post-trial motions, a court ruling is expected to be received in spring 2011, at which point the total compensation for damages payable to Metso will be known. In the event the court ruling is appealed, the final outcome of the lawsuit would be expected by 2012.
Commenting after the verdict, Metso said they would continue to be active in protecting their intellectual property rights globally, with the objective of enhancing fair competition.