Servpro Industries, Inc. Defense of Thermapure Patent Suit is Successful
GALLATIN, Tenn. June 27, 2012 -- Servpro Industries, Inc. ("SERVPRO") and Thermapure settle patent lawsuit with a consent judgment that neither SERVPRO nor its Franchisees infringe patent.
After over one and a half years of litigation in the Federal District Court in Chicago, Thermapure agreed to a final judgment that SERVPRO does not infringe and does not induce or contribute to the infringement of Thermapure’s patent No. 6,327,812 (the "812 patent"). Thermapure alleged in its lawsuit that SERVPRO infringed its patent, titled “Method of Killing Organisms and Removal of Toxins in Enclosures,” which is essentially a patent for killing pests using high heat. The SERVPRO Franchise system uses industry leading processes and procedures in the water, fire and smoke disaster cleanup and restoration services it offers to residential, commercial and insurance company customers. To view a copy of the consent judgment, please use this link:http://servpro.com/content/pdf/thermapure_consent_judgement.pdf.
In addition, Thermapure entered into a Covenant Not to Sue either SERVPRO or its Franchisees alleging patent infringement for selling or using equipment currently being sold and used, or for techniques currently being taught and used for water, fire and smoke cleanup and restoration services.
"We are pleased that the aggressive and vigorous defense we undertook in this case bore fruit. We knew SERVPRO did not and does not violate Thermapure’s patent and the final judgment proves this," said Randy Isaacson, President. "We believe the lawsuit had no merit and should not have been brought."
In the consent judgment, Thermapure takes no money, nor does it require SERVPRO or any of its Franchisees to enter into a patent license. Thermapure dismissed its suit with prejudice on May 4, 2012 and that judgment is final.
Founded in 1967, SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of water and fire cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,600 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies, ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in 48 states, the SERVPRO® system has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual owners.