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U.S. Judge Overturns Verdict Vs. Hallmark In Patent Suit

Law360 (February 26, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has overturned a jury verdict that ordered Hallmark Cards Inc. to pay at least $8.9 million to a U.K. company in a patent infringement case.

U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple in Kansas City ruled that the jury should have found in Hallmark's favor because the patents in question are invalid and should never have been granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In his ruling, Whipple suggested that the jury may have been swayed by the fact that the case pitted a...
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