Liberty Pumps v. Jackel
Liberty Pumps (“LP”) sued its supplier of basin covers for infringement of one of its patents directed to a basin and cover that LP had invented and contracted with Jackel to supply only LP. However, Jackel began supplying LP’s patented basin and cover to LP’s competitors. Soon after the suit was filed, Jackel reached out to LP. A series of discussions resulted in a settlement whereby Jackel agreed to pay LP money for past damages and to stop manufacturing and selling the accused basin and cover to others. Jackel further agreed to change its design with LP’s approval which was granted following an analysis that confirmed that the new design did not infringe LP’s patent. A formal settlement agreement was drafted and finalized. LP switched suppliers for its patented basin and cover.