CPC settles patent infringement case

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Gazette Staff
Friday, January 7, 2011
— Certified Parts Corp. has settled a patent infringement case with a company it accused of selling carburetors built with intellectual property owned by the Janesville company.

CPC bought specific assets of TecumsehPower in 2009 and provides production engines and parts for TecumsehPower/Lauson engines. The suit against Blount Industries, the owner of Oregon Parts Co., alleged that Oregon was selling carburetors covered under TecumsehPower patents CPC had acquired.

The suit demanded that Oregon stop the sales immediately and pay damages. Under terms of the settlement, Oregon will stop the sales and destroy its inventory.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We are pleased this case was settled in our favor," said Jim Grafft, CPC's CEO. "We will vigorously pursue any case of illegal use of our intellectual property. The patents and designs that we own are a vital part of our efforts to reintroduce engines previously manufactured by TecumsehPower to the market."

Grafft said his company's engines will be built under the original Lauson brand name that dates back to 1895, which makes it the country's oldest engine company.

CPC is a large supplier of vintage parts for the recreational vehicle industry. Last year, it bought the assets of Hoffco/Comet and has restarted production in its Janesville and Edgerton facilities.

Last updated: 4:09 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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