IdaTech settles with Element One
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
IdaTech and a former co-founder reached a settlement in a patent infringement complaint.
IdaTech Ltd. and Element One LLC, both fuel cell companies based in Bend, reached a confidential settlement on a patent infringement lawsuit.
The patent infringement complaint, filed by IdaTech in July, was filed against Element One and its co-founder —a former IdaTech executive — David Edlund.
Under the agreement, according to a statement from IdaTech, Edlund and Element One will agree not to make, sell or import in the United States its hydrogen generator and hydrogen purifier products that were the subject of the lawsuit.
Edlund co-founded IdaTech in 1995 and served as its chief technical officer until 2005. His new company, also known as E1, is based in Bend and makes hydrogen generator technology that it sells to fuel cell companies.
In the complaint IdaTech claimed the E1's hydrogen generator and fuel cell systems infringe on three U.S. patents held by IdaTech. Edlund denies that IdaTech patents had been infringed on.
IdaTech, which makes fuel cells for the telecommunications industry, holds over 200 active patents, including 83 in the U.S. system. The company is seeking damages and a court-ordered injunction against E1 and Edlund.
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