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$19.3 million IP verdict affirmed

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer affirmed yesterday a $19.3 million intellectual property verdict for the manufacturer of a computer keyboard support system.

The lawsuit pitted CompX International Inc. and its subsidiary, Waterloo Furniture Components Limited, and Humanscale Corp., the two largest companies in the field of ergonomic office products.

The case started as a patent infringement suit by Humanscale in Richmond, but CompX prevailed on its counterclaims during a seven-day trial that began in February. Our account of the trial is here.

The two companies have been involved in IP litigation since 1998, and a proceeding before the U.S. International Trade Commission was resolved recently largely in CompX’s favor as well.

In his 40-page opinion, Spencer rejected motions by Humanscale for entry of judgment as a matter of law or for a new trial.

By Alan Cooper

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