Laser Peening Patent Infringement Lawsuit Update

On May 11, 2011 MIC filed a second Request for Reexamination with the USPTO, again asking that the USPTO reexamine all of the claims of the ‘876 patent in light of various printed publications and affidavits submitted by MIC in the second Request. As expected, on January 17, 2012, the USPTO issued a Notice of Intent to Issue a Reexamination Certificate, wherein the USPTO once again stated its intent to confirm all 38 of the claims of the ‘876 patent in their originally issued form. As a result, all of the originally issued claims of the ‘876 patent remain valid and enforceable – LSP Technologies.

 


Patent Infringement Lawsuit Update

 

On June 8, 2010, LSPT filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Metal Improvement Company, LLC (“MIC”) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,373,876 (the “‘876 patent”).  On September 3, 2010, MIC filed a Request for Reexamination with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), asking that the USPTO reexamine the claims of the ‘876 patent in light of various printed publications submitted by MIC in the Request.  The Court stayed the lawsuit pending the outcome of the reexamination proceeding.  On March 25, 2011, the USPTO issued a Notice of Intent to Issue a Reexamination Certificate, wherein the USPTO stated its intent to confirm all 38 of the claims of the ‘876 patent.  On July 5, 2011, the USPTO issued a Reexamination Certificate, Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate No. US 6,373,876 C1, declaring:  “As a result of the reexamination, it has been determined that:  The patentability of claims 1-38 is confirmed.”  As a result, all of the claims of the ‘876 patent remain valid and enforceable.


Settlement of Continuum Litigation

LSP Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has settled both of its pending patent infringement lawsuits against Continuum Electro-Optics, Inc. The basis for the settlement was a license grant from LSPT to the purchaser and end user of the Continuum laser system covered by the patents at issue in the lawsuits (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,373,876, 6,191,385, and 5,127,019).

LSPT places a very high value on its patent portfolio, which includes roughly 60 U.S. and foreign patents and numerous pending patent applications relating to laser peening, laser bond inspection, and laser mine neutralization. LSPT will continue to seek enforcement of its patents where necessary and appropriate.


LSP Technologies files patent-infringement suit against MIC

On June 8, 2010, LSP Technologies, Inc. filed suit against Metal Improvement Company (MIC) for patent infringement.  The suit was filed in federal court in the southern district of Ohio.  The patent in suit is patent number 6,373,876 and is specifically related to laser peening system technology.