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Cooper, Thomas & Betts End Connector Patent Battle

Law360 (January 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Four months after a federal jury invalidated two patents that a Cooper Industries Ltd. subsidiary had asserted against Thomas & Betts Corp., the companies have settled two suits between them over six patents for electrical connectors.

The joint motions, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ask the judge to dismiss two separate patent suits with prejudice.

In one suit, electrical products manufacturer Cooper Technologies Inc. had accused Thomas & Betts of infringing two patents. In the other, Thomas &...
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