C.D. Cal. (2011)
Fitzpatrick Obtains Infringement Judgment In Favor Of Client Metra Electronics Corporation
On March 4, 2011, Fitzpatrick obtained a permanent injunction and an order for damages and attorney fees in favor of its client Metra Electronics Corporation against defendants Best Electronic Accessories Inc. and Kewen Li involving a suit for patent and trademark infringement.
On August 4, 2010, Metra filed a suit in the Central District of California against several Houston, Texas-based defendants, as well as California defendants Best and Kewen Li, for infringement of several utility and design patents owned by Metra, and for infringement of Metra trademarks, relating to automobile stereo installation kits. On December 29, 2010, Fitzpatrick obtained a Consent Judgment for an injunction and damages against the Houston defendants.
On January 20, 2011, Fitzpatrick moved the court for a default judgment against Best and Kewen Li. Judge Gutierrez granted the motion, finding in part that Best and Kewen Li had willfully violated a prior consent judgment entered against them in a previous suit brought by Fitzpatrick on behalf of Metra. As a result, and having proved its lost profit and other damages, Judge Gutierrez awarded Metra the full amount of its requested damages for both patent and trademark infringement, including trebled damages for willful patent infringement, and also awarded Metra the full amount of its requested attorney fees.
The Metra litigation team was led by Fitzpatrick partners Warren Olsen and Edward Kmett, with associates Frank Cire, James Carpenter and law clerk Marie Weiskopf.