Thursday, June 1, 2023 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

$1.4 Million Fine for Patent Infringement

LAS VEGAS (CN) - After blowing off a judge's order and missing court, a Taiwanese tech company was fined $1.4 million for willfully violating patent on a touch-screen protector.

AE Tech was fined Friday in a default judgment for infringing on Aevoe Corp.'s patented touch-screen protector.

U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro fined AE Tech $1,381,531.

Navarro on Jan. 21 ordered AE Tech, Minnesota-based S&F Corp. and GreatShield to stop infringing on Aevoe's U.S. patent for handheld electronic devices.

Aevoe sued the defendants in 2012 for selling products that included the APlus Shield Anti-Glare, which has a plastic film with a spacer to create an air space between the protector and the touch screen.

Aevoe claimed it notified AE Tech of the patent infringement in November 2011, but AE Tech willfully continued infringing.

Aevoe said AE Tech exhibited infringing products during the January 2012 International CES expo for consumer electronics at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Aevoe immediately filed the federal complaint to stop it.

Read the Top 8

Sign up for the Top 8, a roundup of the day's top stories delivered directly to your inbox Monday through Friday.