Server Tech wins infringement case
June 9, 2014
Executives of Reno's Server Technology Inc. turned the spotlight to the company's late founder last week as they announced that the company won a $10.8 judgment in a patent-infringement case.
The South Meadows company, which makes power-distribution and monitoring equipment used in data centers around the world, was awarded the damages by a jury in federal district court in Reno.
Server Technology claimed that American Power Conversion Corp., a subsidiary of the French company Schneider Electric SA, infringed two patents that cover aspects of the power-distribution technology. American Power Conversion Corp. officials didn't respond to a request for comment last week.
The jury also entered an advisory verdict finding that the two patents are valid, although Federal District Judge Larry Hicks, who presided at the trial, will render the final judgment on validity.
Server Technology was represented by a legal team from Holland & Hart led by James E. Hartley.
Brandon Ewing, chief executive officer of the company, said the company was gratified that the jury supported the vision of Carrel Ewing, who founded Server Technology in 1984. The elder Ewing died last June.
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"The jury verdict is a testament to his foresight and the innovations he introduced into the marketplace," Brandon Ewing said in a prepared statement.
The two patents at the center of the dispute with American Power Conversion Corp. are part of a portfolio of more than 45 patents held by Server Technology. The company also has 25 pending patents covering power-distribution management. The company, whose customers include major data-center operators as well as Fortune 500 companies, employs about 150 in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.