McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorney James P. Murphy Secures Victory in Patent Infringement Lawsuit for Line Power


After an eight-day trial, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia found that Becker Mining America and its subsidiaries, Service Machine Company and Power Distribution Products, willfully infringed several claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,277,294, which relates to electrical feeder circuits. McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder James P. Murphy served as Line Power’s trial co-counsel.

In the lawsuit, Line Power alleged that defendants infringed the ‘294 patent by making, offering and selling a product known as the Circuit Saver 5, or CS-5. The jury found that the CS-5 infringed EMC’s patent, and awarded EMC damages for its lost profits on infringing sales that included the CS-5 products. Additionally, the presiding judge has allowed EMC to file a request for a permanent injunction, enhanced damages and reimbursement of its attorneys’ fees.

In a press release issued by the company, Russell Leonard, President and CEO of EMC, stated: “EMC is very pleased that the jury has vindicated our patent rights. We work hard to develop new and creative innovations to better serve our customers, and we will continue to work just as hard to protect those innovations from being copied by our competitors.”

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