Leviton Wins GFCI Patent Infringement Case

Leviton announced that on Aug. 13, 2013, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) April 2012 general exclusion order, “prohibiting the unlicensed importation of infringing ground fault circuit interrupters and products containing same,” inhibiting infringement on Leviton’s U.S. Patent No. 7,737,809.

“Leviton is pleased with the ruling and backing of the ITC’s general exclusion order as it ultimately validates the continued support to end the unlicensed importation of infringing GFCIs,” says Meir Blonder, chief intellectual property counsel, Leviton. “Leviton has worked for this outcome for many years, because it is important that both commercial and residential consumers be confident that the GFCIs available in the market are legitimate, lawful product.”

Blonder continues, “While we believe the ITC erred as a matter of law with respect to two claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,764,151, affirmance by the Federal Circuit does not affect the GEO and the ‘151 patent remains valid as a matter of law.’”

Leviton offers a wide variety of GFCI devices to provide protection from electrical incidents in homes, offices, construction sites or anywhere electrical products are in damp or wet locations. All Leviton GFCI products conform to the latest industry standards as outlined by OSHA, UL, CSA, NEC and others.

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