How They Won It

Goodwin Flips Script To Turn Contract Row Into Patent Win

Law360 (January 15, 2020, 8:54 PM EST) -- The way Goodwin Procter LLP sees it, by the time Leviton's breach of contract suit against Pass & Seymour got to trial in December, the suing company had no legs left to stand on.

What had started as Leviton Manufacturing Co. accusing rival electrical equipment manufacturer Pass & Seymour Inc. of breaching a licensing agreement for a circuit patent ended with Leviton standing before a New York federal jury, unable to save its patent from invalidation.

Goodwin has been representing Pass & Seymour, a subsidiary of France's Legrand, in defending the patents for its ground-fault circuit interrupter products. Most consumers would...

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