By Renée Francoeur
October 15, 2015 – Bridgeport Fittings has paid Arlington $2.34 million in sanctions for violating an injunction that prohibited any sales of Bridgeport’s infringing 38ASP and 380SP Whipper-Snap connectors, announced Arlington Industries. The sanctions order required Bridgeport to pay Arlington approximately $500,000 for its lost profits and $1.84 million for its attorneys’ fees and expenses.
In addition to the monetary sanctions, the court also entered an injunction banning Bridgeport’s infringing 38ASP and 380SP Whipper-Snap connectors from the market. The contempt sanctions and injunction were recently affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Arlington adds.
This contempt finding is Arlington’s latest win in its ongoing battle to stop Bridgeport from copying Arlington’s patented products, the company says. To date, Bridgeport has been ordered to pay Arlington $8.75 million based on its infringement of Arlington’s patents, including the Snap-Tite and Snap2It patents. Arlington says it is currently seeking an additional $4 million from Bridgeport.
“We are pleased that the court sanctioned Bridgeport and banned the infringing 38A SP and 380SP connectors from the market. While we would prefer not to have to litigate, Arlington will continue to defend its valuable intellectual property rights against unfair competition”, says Tom Stark, president of Arlington Industries.