Eaton Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Rockwell and Meritor.CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 2, 1998--Eaton Corporation (NYSE NYSE
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The jury decision included a $1.25 million award and entitles Eaton to injunctive relief injunctive relief n. a court-ordered act or prohibition against an act or condition which has been requested, and sometimes granted, in a petition to the court for an injunction. prohibiting Meritor from manufacturing or selling the Meritor Engine Synchro syn·chro
n. pl. syn·chros
[Short for synchronous.]
Noun 1. Shift (ESS) transmission.
In its lawsuit filed on July 17, 1997, Eaton said it believed the ESS transmission infringed a patent Eaton holds on the development of a specific clutchless shifting system. The system allows shifting of heavy duty truck transmissions without requiring use of the vehicle's master clutch. Meritor's automotive components business was a part of Rockwell at the time Eaton filed the lawsuit.
Eaton said that, consistent with the jury's decision, it has now applied to the court for a permanent injunction permanent injunction n. a final order of a court that a person or entity refrain from certain activities permanently or take certain actions (usually to correct a nuisance) until completed. to enjoin To direct, require, command, or admonish.
Enjoin connotes a degree of urgency, as when a court enjoins one party in a lawsuit by ordering the person to do, or refrain from doing, something to prevent permanent loss to the other party or parties. Meritor from manufacturing or selling the ESS transmission and expects the court to issue the injunction in the near future. Additionally, Eaton said it will ask the court for treble damages A recovery of three times the amount of actual financial losses suffered which is provided by statute for certain kinds of cases.
The statute authorizing treble damages directs the judge to multiply by three the amount of monetary damages awarded by the jury in those cases , and attorney fees, consistent with the findings of the jury.
While Eaton has generally refrained from commenting on the lawsuit while it was being tried, the company had said that it had spent millions of dollars for more than a decade to develop state of the art truck transmission automation features. "We welcome fair competition in the marketplace, but we refuse to compete against our own patented technology," the company said.
Eaton's Truck Component Operations is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of drivetrain components for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
Eaton Corporation is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial and semiconductor markets. Principal products include electrical power distribution and control equipment, truck drivetrain systems, engine components, hydraulic products, ion implanters and a wide variety of controls. Headquartered in Cleveland, the company has 49,000 employees and 143 manufacturing sites in 26 countries around the world. Sales for 1997 were $7.6 billion. The Internet address for Eaton is: http://www.eaton.com/
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