Columbia River Knife and Tool Wins Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement

By Deakin T. Lauer Published November 20, 2009

Klarquist attorneys obtained summary judgment for our client, Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) on claims of patent infringement raised by Taylor Brands, LLC related to assisted opening knives. The case was filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee on December 12, 2008. On April 10, 2009, before the initial case scheduling conference and any discovery, CRKT’s Klarquist attorneys moved for early summary judgment of non-infringement. In conjunction with this motion, CRKT moved for – and the Court subsequently granted – a stay of all discovery other than that necessary to resolve the summary judgment motion.

The Court heard oral arguments on October 26, 2009. On November 19, 2009, Magistrate Judge Dennis H. Inman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee granted CRKT’s motion for summary judgment of no literal or equivalents infringement as to all 22 models CRKT included in its motion, which were representative of every assisted opening knife in CRKT’s product line alleged to infringe.

On December 9, 2009, Plaintiff Taylor Brands consented to entry of a final judgment disposing of the case and dismissing its infringement claims with prejudice.

CRKT, an Oregon-based company, was represented by Klarquist attorneys Scott E. Davis, Derrick W. Toddy, and John D. Vandenberg, as well as local counsel Daniel Headrick and Dwight Tarwater of Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers, LLP.

Read the Court’s order here, and the final judgment here.