LONDON Taser International Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.), the developer of electric-shock gun technology, has said that it won summary judgment against rival manufacturer Stinger Systems Inc. (Tampa Florida) on Tuesday (March 31) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
Taser said that the court had granted summary judgment against Stinger for literal patent infringement. The law-suit asserted that Stinger's so-called Flyback Quantum Technology used in the S-200 system infringes Taser's U.S. Patent 6,999,295.covering "shaped pulse" technology, Taser said.
Taser said that in a related ruling the court granted Stinger summary judgment on its motion that claim 3 of Taser's U.S. Patent 7,102,870 is invalid because it is obvious.
"We believe the court's ruling in this patent infringement lawsuit against Stinger is a vindication of the important patent rights of Taser International and a rebuke to competitors who try to copy our protected intellectual property," said Doug Klint, president and general counsel of Taser, in a statement.
Taser said it had also filed a complaint in February 2009 in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada against James F. McNulty, Jr., Robert Gruder, and Stinger Systems, Inc. alleging securities fraud, trade libel/defamation, unfair competition, abuse of process, and deceptive trade practices. Taser said that the defendants' motion to dismiss was denied by the court on March 25, on all claims except the claim of securities fraud.
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