Hong Kong furniture maker reaches $100m verdict in IP dispute

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By Hailey Konnath (June 17, 2022, 11:38 p.m. EDT) — A Wisconsin federal jury slapped Hong Kong furniture maker Man Wah Holdings Ltd. on Friday. with a $100 million verdict for infringing a Wisconsin company’s patent and misappropriating its dress business for a multifunctional light-up cup holder.

The jury found that one of Germantown, Wis.-based Raffel Systems LLC’s patents was not invalid and that Man Wah deliberately infringed it. For this offense, he awarded Raffel $425,300. Similarly, Raffel has indeed proven that the alleged trade dress associated with its black cup holder is not merely functional and has acquired distinctiveness for consumers, according to the verdict. The use of Man Wah…

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