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Insituform Technologies LLC v. Cosmic Tophat, LLC

United States District Court, N.D. Georgia

August 9, 2013

INSITUFORM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
COSMIC TOPHAT, LLC, et al., Defendants

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For Sumner C. Rosenberg, Special Master: Sumner Curtis Rosenberg, LEAD ATTORNEY, Ballard Spahr-Atl, Atlanta, GA.

For INA Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff: Alan H. Norman, LEAD ATTORNEY, Thompson Coburn, LLP-MO, St. Louis, MO; Dean L. Franklin, Michael L. Nepple, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICE, Thompson Coburn, LLP-MO, St. Louis, MO; Jeffrey C. Morgan, LEAD ATTORNEY, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Atlanta, GA; Matthew Arthur Braunel, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis, MO; Puja R. Patel, LEAD ATTORNEY, Troutman Sanders, LLP-ATL, Atlanta, GA.

For Insituform Technologies, LLC, Plaintiff, Counter Defendant: Dean L. Franklin, Michael L. Nepple, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICE, Thompson Coburn, LLP-MO, St. Louis, MO; Jeffrey C. Morgan, LEAD ATTORNEY, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Atlanta, GA; Matthew Arthur Braunel, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis, MO; Puja R. Patel, LEAD ATTORNEY, Troutman Sanders, LLP-ATL, Atlanta, GA.

For Cosmic TopHat, LLC, a California limited liability company, Defendant: Daniel Arthur Kent, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kent Law, P.C., Alpharetta, GA.

For Southwest Pipeline and Trenchless Corporation, a California corporation, Defendant, Counter Claimant: Matthew Mahoney Lubozynski,,William Henry Boice LEAD ATTORNEYS, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP-ATL, Atlanta, GA; Steven D. Moore, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kilpatrick Stockton, Atlanta, GA.

For Johann Kubel, a citizen of Austria, Defendant: Daniel Arthur Kent, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kent Law, P.C., Alpharetta, GA.

For Lanzo Lining Services, Inc.-Florida, Movant: Herman L. Fussell, LEAD ATTORNEY, Foltz Martin Hudson & Knapp, Atlanta, GA; Joseph W. Lawrence, II, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Vezina, Lawrence, & Piscitelli, P.A. -FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

For Feldman Gale, P.A., Movant: Steven M. Collins, LEAD ATTORNEY, Alston & Bird, Atlanta, GA; Matthew Wolff Howell, Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta, GA.

For Graves Law Office, P.C., Movant: Steven Bradley Shipe, Wagner Johnston & Rosenthal, Atlanta, GA.

For Cosmic-Sondermaschinenbau GmbH, Counter Claimant: Daniel Arthur Kent, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kent Law, P.C., Alpharetta, GA.

For INA Acquisition Corp., Counter Defendant: Dean L. Franklin, Michael L. Nepple, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICE, Thompson Coburn, LLP-MO, St. Louis, MO; Matthew Arthur Braunel, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis, MO; Puja R. Patel, LEAD ATTORNEY, Troutman Sanders, LLP-ATL, Atlanta, GA.

For INA Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation, Counter Defendant: Dean L. Franklin, Michael L. Nepple, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICE, Thompson Coburn, LLP-MO, St. Louis, MO; Matthew Arthur Braunel, LEAD ATTORNEY, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis, MO; Puja R. Patel, LEAD ATTORNEY, Troutman Sanders, LLP-ATL, Atlanta, GA.

For Cosmic TopHat, LLC, a California limited liability company, Counter Claimant: Daniel Arthur Kent, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kent Law, P.C., Alpharetta, GA.

OPINION

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ORDER

Timothy C. Batten, Sr., United States District Judge.

This case is before the Court on the motion for summary judgment [862] filed by Plaintiffs Insituform Technologies, LLC and INA Acquisition Corp.

I. Background

This is a patent-infringement suit that began in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in November 2007. The original Plaintiffs were Insituform Technologies, Inc. and Insituform (Netherlands), B.V., Inc. Insituform (Netherlands), B.V., Inc. has assigned its rights in the patents-in-suit to INA Acquisition Corp., and Insituform Technologies, Inc. has converted to a limited liability company. Thus, the current Plaintiffs are INA Acquisition Corp. and Insituform Technologies, LLC. In any event, Plaintiffs will be referred to collectively as " Insituform."

Insituform holds several patents relating to a process it developed to repair sewage pipelines without incurring the expenses normally associated with such repair. In particular, Insituform's process allows pipelines to be repaired without the expense or inconvenience of digging into the ground. This is accomplished by installing a " cured-in-place pipeline" or " CIPP." A CIPP is a flexible liner that is soaked in resin and inserted into an existing pipeline. When the resin cures, the CIPP hardens to form a " pipe within a pipe," thus restoring the structural integrity of the pipeline.

Defendant Cosmic-Sondermaschinenbau, GmbH (" Cosmic-Austria" ) is an Austrian corporation that formerly manufactured a competing CIPP product known as the Cosmic TopHat. The claims in this action arise out of Insituform's allegation that the Cosmic TopHat infringes its patents. Defendant Johann K├╝bel is Cosmic-Austria's owner and president, and Defendant Cosmic TopHat, LLC ...


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