19 March 1998 21:49 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--AlliedSignal said Thursday it is "pleased" with a US district court ruling that a plaintiff who sued AlliedSignal for patent infringement must pay the company all of the costs and attorneys' fees it incurred in defending the lawsuit.
The decision follows an earlier court determination that AlliedSignal did not and does not infringe the plaintiff's patent.
John Stanis, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, alleged that AlliedSignal's Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) infringed a US patent issued to the plaintiff in 1992. AlliedSignal's GPWS was awarded a patent 20 years earlier and has been marketed continuously since 1969.
AlliedSignal said it owns the technology patent, which was developed independently.
"We're very pleased that the court has ruled in our favour," said Peter Kreindler, senior vice president and general counsel of Morris Township, New Jersey-based AlliedSignal. "The lawsuit had no merit. We hope that the US District Court's ruling on fees and costs sends a message to those who initiate groundless lawsuits."
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