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Federal Circuit Rules Against Iowa Company.

Concluding one of the largest patent cases to pass through Iowa in nearly a decade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today in Primos, Inc. v. Hunter’s Specialties et al. handed The Intellectual Property Group at Holland & Hart and their client Primos, Inc. a decisive victory over Iowa-based Hunter’s Specialties. Ed Sease and Jeffrey Harty of Des Moines law firm McKee, Voorhees & Sease P.L.C. represented Hunter’s specialties on the appeal.

Kudos are due trial court magistrate Judge John A. Jarvey whom the Federal Circuit affirmed in full today. Cedar Rapid’s law firm Moyer & Bergman, P.L.C. also deserves recognition for the affirmation, having served as Primos’ co-counsel at trial with Holland & Hart, and having earned Primos a seven figure damage award. Simmons, Perrine, Albright & Ellwood P.L.C of Cedar Rapids represented Hunter’s Specialties at trial.

Primos, Inc. v. Hunter’s Specialties et al. (U.S. Dist. Ct., D. Iowa.) was a three and one half week patent infringement jury trial involving infringement of a particular type of patented game call. At trial, Primos received a preliminary injunction, a permanent injunction and a judgment against individual defendants including the inventor. Primos also received treble damages based upon the wilfulness of Hunter’s Specialties’ actions.

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