Mitsubishi Can't Knock Out $170M Wind Patent Judgment

Law360, Dallas (May 29, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Tuesday held Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. must pay about $170 million to General Electric Co. for infringing a wind turbine patent after rejecting Mitsubishi’s argument the patent is void because of GE's alleged failure to disclose material prior art.

In a ruling highly critical of the Federal Circuit's standards for finding so-called inequitable conduct, U.S. District Judge W. Royal Furgeson Jr. held Mitsubishi did not prove GE intentionally withheld the prior art when it applied for U.S. Patent Number 7,629,705, which...
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