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Touch Screen Protector Protected by Patent

LAS VEGAS (CN) - A Taiwanese company and its U.S. partners were permanently enjoined from infringing Palo Alto-based Aevoe Corp.'s patented touch screen protector for handheld electronic devices.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Jan. 21 ordered AE Tech of Taiwan and Minnesota-based S&F Corp. and GreatShield from further infringing Aevoe's U.S. patent number 8,044,492.

Aevoe sued the defendants in 2012 for selling products that included the APlus Shield Anti-Glare, which had 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. It claimed AE Tech exhibited infringing products during the January 2012 International CES expo for consumer electronics at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Aeveo immediately filed the federal complaint to stop it.

Judge Navarro issued a preliminary injunction on Jan. 24, 2012 and on April 17, 2014 ordered a $1.13 million judgment against S&F and GreatShield for lost profits and attorney's fees.

In a settlement agreement, the defendants agreed to the permanent injunction in exchange for voluntary dismissal of the complaint with prejudice.

Defendants S&F and GreatShield also are discharged of any "unsatisfied obligations" arising from the April 17 court order, Navarro wrote.

Aevoe was represented by Josephine McPeak with McDonald, Carano and Wilson.

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