S-5! recently announced that it has prevailed in a patent infringement case filed by Metal Roof Innovations, Ltd and Caught Fish Enterprises, LLC. (owners of S-5! Technology and Trademarks) against Contek, Inc., d/b/a Snow Management Systems (“Contek”), which alleged infringed upon US Patent Nos. 5,228,248 and 5,983,588, which cover various technologies embodied in S-5! clamps and related snow retention equipment and applications. Entering judgment for the plaintiff and against Contek, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado has found the patents valid, enforceable and infringed by Contek.
Contek has now taken a license under the patents and is required to pay S-5! substantial royalties on licensed products to be sold in the future. Specific terms of the award, license, and other terms of the parties’ settlement are confidential. According to Rob Haddock of S-5, “I wish we did not have to resort to lawyers and courts to enforce our patents and stop infringers. Having said that, we are, of course, pleased with the outcome and will continue to aggressively defend our intellectual property.” This is the fourth such lawsuit in which S-5! has prevailed against infringement.