Master Lock $5.4M Infringement Verdict Chucked

Law360, New York (July 22, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has overturned a $5.35 million patent infringement jury verdict against Master Lock Co., ruling that the patents asserted by the plaintiff, a Colorado lockmaker, were obvious.

The claims in the three patents-in-suit would have been obvious as a matter of law, a three-judge panel ruled in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday.

The patents-at-issue cover hitch pin locks that secure trailers to cars and sport utility vehicles.

Even if the prior art padlocks were not within the...
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