Nearly one year after WHIPgroup and its clients Bruce Kirby and Bruce Kirby, Inc. succeeded in a jury trial involving the famed Laser Sailboat, the Court issued an order awarding over $5.3 MM in damages. The award included over $800,000 in punitive damages, including attorneys’ fees, based on the Court’s finding that Defendants “engaged in an intentional and wanton violation of [Mr. Kirby’s] rights or that they engaged in outrageous conduct with reckless indifference to Mr. Kirby’s rights.”
The Court also denied motions by the Defendants for a new trial, in part because the jury’s verdict “was not against the weight of the evidence, was not seriously erroneous, and was not a miscarriage of justice.”
The Court’s order is long-awaited justice for Kirby who has been seeking accountability for the Defendants’ illegal acts for years. WHIPgroup never gave up on Kirby’s claims and was eager to take the case to trial to prove Defendants’ bad faith in using Kirby’s trademark and name without authorization.
WHIPgroup successfully opposed two motions brought against its client Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. (“KSEA”) by STERIS Instrument Management Services, Inc. (“STERIS-IMS”). STERIS-IMS sought to extend fact discovery in the long-running patent infringement case to take [Read More…]
Gulrukh Haroon is pursuing her JD at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has a B.S. in biological sciences and political science from the University of Connecticut and is currently working on her [Read More…]
Henry Purtill is pursuing his J.D. at UConn Law School. Henry has been a participant in the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic where he has drafted and prosecuted patents, including successfully amending claim sets and [Read More…]