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Riddell Sacks Football Helmet IP Suit

Law360 (April 24, 2019, 10:27 PM EDT) -- Riddell Inc. beat a rival sports company’s patent infringement suit on Wednesday when an Illinois federal judge ruled the design features of Riddell’s football helmets don’t infringe two patents held by its competitor, while a third patent was declared invalid.

Riddell’s helmets don't infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 9,498,014 and 8,499,366, owned by Kranos Corp., which sells helmets under the name Schutt Sports, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly said. Kranos' U.S. Patent No. 6,434,755 was found to be invalid.

Judge Kennelly said Riddell hadn’t infringed the ‘014 patent because its helmets don’t include a hard inner shell. Schutt had argued that Riddell’s...

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September 20, 2017

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