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Shure's Patent Misuse Claims Nixed In Earphone Case

Law360 (March 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Audio electronics company Shure Inc. managed to get the damages in an earphone technology patent suit brought by Hearing Components Inc. cut by $3 million earlier this month, but the court overseeing the case has rejected Shure's claims that numerous HCI licensing agreements contained provisions constituting patent misuse.

Judge Ron Clark of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday issued a memorandum and order denying Shure's claims of patent misuse. The ruling follows a January 2009 bench trial on the equitable...
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