Dimplex

March 10, 2005 19:19 ET

Illinois Jury Awards Dimplex $8.2 Million in Patent Damages From CFM Corporation


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MARCH 10, 2005 - 19:19 ET

Illinois Jury Awards Dimplex $8.2 Million in Patent
Damages From CFM Corporation

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario--(CCNMatthews - Mar 10, 2005) -

Dimplex North America Limited announced today the results from the trial
of its patent infringement suit against CFM Corporation. A unanimous
jury verdict rendered in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois, in Chicago, on Tuesday, March 8th, found that CFM
had willfully infringed Dimplex's U.S. Patent No. 5,642,580 (the '580
Patent) by manufacturing and selling electric fireplaces and stoves that
use Dimplex's patented technology.

The jury also unanimously rejected CFM's challenge to the validity of
the '580 Patent, and awarded Dimplex damages in excess of US $8.2
million.

Martyn Champ, President of Dimplex North America Limited, said, "Dimplex
prides itself in being a creative and inventive company. We are pleased
that the jury agreed that the '580 Patent is valid and that CFM
wrongfully used our technology in its products. Protection of Dimplex's
intellectual property rights is important to us, and we intend to
continue enforcing those rights against other infringing products and
manufacturers. While this judgment is important, however, it will in no
way diminish our aggressive product development program. We plan to
further enhance and expand what is already the broadest product line in
the industry."

Dimplex also has a separate lawsuit for infringement of the '580 Patent
pending against Twin-Star International, Inc. That action, which was
filed in May 2004, is also pending in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Illinois. Both the CFM and Twin-Star lawsuits
relate to technology used in Dimplex's four branded fireplace lines:
electraflame®, Optiflame®, Dimplex® and Symphony®.

About Dimplex

Dimplex North America Limited is a division of the Glen Dimplex Group of
Ireland. For more than 30 years, the Glen Dimplex Group has been
committed to outstanding innovation, quality and customer service that
has enabled it to become the world's leading manufacturer of electric
heating products. Dimplex North America, headquartered in Cambridge,
Ontario is North America's leading manufacturer/marketer of electric
fireplaces.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Dimplex North America Limited
    Martyn Champ, 519-650-3630
    mchamp@dimplex.com