Court Sides with Winegardís claims
BURLINGTON, Iowa (Dec. 3, 2012) Ė Winegard Company, a global leader in antenna design, announced that on November 16, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington D.C., affirmed the jury verdict in its favor in the ongoing patent lawsuit against Electronic Controlled Systems, Inc. d/b/a King Controls.
King Controls had previously accused Winegard's Carryout® product of infringing claims of two U.S. Patents owned by King Controls and had asserted more than $5 million in damages. Winegard stipulated that the Carryout® product infringed the patents but argued and later proved the patents were invalid as obvious. A five-day jury trial was held in November 2011, where the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Winegard in just over two hours of deliberations.
Winegard was represented at oral argument by Robert V.P. Waterman, Jr. With him on brief was April A. Marshall, both from the law firm of Lane & Waterman LLP in Davenport, Iowa.
Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications. Since its founding in 1954, Winegardís pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle (RV), truck, marine, medical and automotive antennas. The companyís VSAT 2-way antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams. Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first multi-channel antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work. To learn more about Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard, visit http://www.winegard.com or call 800-288-8094.