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Bridgeport parts with even more cash over Arlington patent infringement


August 26, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

August 26, 2013 – Arlington Industries announced Bridgeport Fittings has paid it an additional $1.13 million in supplemental damages for sales of Whipper-Snap products from 2010 through 2011. Bridgeport was previously ordered to pay Arlington $3.62 million, says the company, after a jury found 30 types of Bridgeport’s Whipper-Snap products infringed Arlington’s patent covering its Snap-Tite products.

“Bridgeport has infringed Arlington’s Snap-Tite patents for over 12 years, and this is now the third time that Bridgeport has been forced to pay Arlington for its infringement of the same patent,” said Arlington president Tom Stark (photo) in response to this latest legal victory.

Bridgeport also agreed to pay Arlington its lost profits for an earlier version of infringing snap-in connectors as part of a settlement. To date, Bridgeport has paid Arlington nearly $5.1 million for its infringement of the same patent, says the company.

“We will continue to defend our valuable intellectual property rights against unfair competition,” added Stark.