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Greene Espel client American Family wins defense judgment in patent-infringement case

On Monday, January 7, 2013, the federal district court in Minnesota entered judgment in favor of Greene Espel client American Family Mutual Insurance Company dismissing all patent-infringement claims asserted against it by a plaintiff called Reshare Commerce, LLC. Reshare had sued American Family and many other companies for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,594,641, which describes a way for a product supplier to do retail business over the Internet while maintaining good relations with bricks-and-mortar retailers.

Greene Espel’s Bob Gilbertson was chosen by the defense group to present the defendants’ oral argument on claim construction, and later the Court issued a claim-construction order adopting the defendants’ view of key patent claim terms. Under the order, it was clear that American Family and other insurance-company defendants did not infringe the patent, and Reshare stipulated to the Court’s judgment of non-infringement.  Reshare is appealing the decision.
Bob Gilbertson, John Ursu, and Sybil Dunlop handled the case, Reshare Commerce, LLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, et al., for American Family. Contact Bob, John, or Sybil for more information about Greene Espel’s Intellectual Property practice.

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