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McAndrews, Held & Malloy Announces Victory in Patent Litigation Case for VTech Holdings, Ltd.

Date: March 7, 2012 || Client Successes

McAndrews, Held & Malloy announced today that it successfully defended its client VTech Holdings, Ltd. (HKSE: 303) in a patent infringement case brought by NovelPoint Learning.  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas recently agreed with VTech’s construction of certain key terms found in the asserted patent.  Shortly after the claim construction victory, NovelPoint agreed to enter a stipulation of non-infringement with no right to appeal.  

In the lawsuit, NovelPoint charged VTech with allegedly infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,330,427, which relates to talking novelty devices or toys.  This follows on the heels of another recent McAndrews’ victory for VTech in which the firm secured a claim construction victory for their client.  In that case, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado agreed with VTech’s construction of certain critical terms found in the asserted patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 5,491,774 and 5,742,737), and dismissed the case with prejudice.  Shortly after the claim construction victory, the case settled and VTech received a full release and covenant not to sue for the patents-in-suit without any payment to the Plaintiff. 

“In both of these cases, we felt strongly about our non-infringement defenses and fought the cases through claim construction while other parties decided to settle early,” said James R. Nuttall, a board member at McAndrews who served as lead counsel on the cases for VTech.  “Our strategy certainly paid off.  We were able to end both cases very efficiently through the claim construction process, thus avoiding extended litigation.”

James R. Nuttall, Richard E. Dick, Daniel S. Stringfield and multiple other McAndrews attorneys represented VTech.