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Papst Defeats Minebea In Long-Running Patent Dispute

Law360 (August 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has dismissed $500 million in claims against Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG, which was sued by one-time partner Minebea Co. Ltd. on charges of conversion, breach of contract, patent exhaustion and patent misuse.

In a 276-page decision, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that Papst, a German company with a number of patents related to computer hard disk drives and hard disk drive spindle motors, used proper licensing practices in its dealings with Japan-based Minebea....
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