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點膠系統專利訴訟OMG控告ADCO

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科技產業資訊室 (iKnow) - KAI 發表於 2012年11月27日

2012年11月07日,OMG公司(OMG, Inc.)與 H & H公司( Handy & Harman Ltd )向美國麻薩諸塞州地方法院(Massachusetts District Court)提起專利侵權訴訟(案號為1:2012cv12080),主張愛多客國際公司(ADCO Global, Inc.)與愛多客產品公司(ADCO Products, Inc.)侵害其四件專利權,涉及點膠系統(Adhesive dispenser system)。

美國麻薩諸塞州地方法院以被告ADCO在麻薩諸塞州境內從事侵權商業行為等等為由,確立其對被告ADCO公司及ADCO產品公司擁有對人管轄權(personaljurisdiction)。

本案的原告OMG公司(不是台灣的遊戲代理公司茂為歐買尬數位科技股份有限公司)是一家註冊在美國麻薩諸塞州的公司,主要業務為工業用隔板(天花板)之固定件的生產與銷售。而H & H公司註冊於紐約州,是OMG公司的夥伴企業,業務面涵蓋各種工程材料、特殊管線以及製造業特殊金屬的生產製造,旗下公司包含有阿爾隆電子材料及KASCO公司等等多家公司。

ADCO公司主要產品包括黏合膠、密封件等等。此外,ADCO旗下還另有其他子公司跨足到替代能源、能源效率提升運用…等多個領域。

在起訴書中,OMG公司與 H & H公司聲稱被告ADCO所生產、使用、銷售、提供的產品,包括以“MILLENNIUM CYCLONE”為產品名稱的低壓膠黏膠泵車,以及以“MILLENIUM PG-1”為產品名稱的可縮小體積容器中包裝的兩組分聚氨酯絕緣黏膠(即所謂的AB膠)。

本案所涉之系爭專利,共有四篇,分別為:

  • 於2001年4月24日核發之US 6,220,526專利,其名稱為“Method and device for applying adhesives”(用於塗佈黏膠的方法和裝置)
  • 於2012年5月1日核發之US 8,167,170專利,其名稱為“Adhesive dispenser system”(黏膠配給系統)
  • 於2012年2月14日核發之US 8,113,385專利,其名稱為“Adhesive dispenser system” (黏膠配給系統)
  • 於2012年3月13日核發之US 8,132,693專利,其名稱為“Adhesive dispenser system” (黏膠配給系統)

前述US 6,220,526專利的發明人是Jeff Johnson,原專利權人為Capitol USA, LLC。而US 8,167,170專利、US 8,113,385專利、US 8,132,693專利的發明人則皆是Stanley W. Choiniere與Joshua S. Kelly,原專利權人皆為 H & H公司。

從美國專利局查詢得知,US 6,220,526專利在獲准之後經過多次轉手,最後由PNC BANK在2012/11/08轉讓(推想是因專利買賣)給ARLON LLC、CONTINENTAL INDUSTRIES, INC.、LUCAS-MILHAUPT, INC.、OMNI TECHNOLOGIES與本案的原告OMG公司及 H & H公司等等六家公司。由此推知,此次專利購買,應該與本次訴訟有很大的關係。不是因訴訟而購買專利,就是因購買專利而訴訟。(915字;表5)

以下為系爭專利的主要請求項解析:

表一、US 6,220,526請求項解析

US 6,220,526主要請求項

1. A method of applying an adhesive to a surface utilizing a reducible volume container having an interior with a first volume comprising the steps of:
a) connecting a dispensing nozzle of said reducible volume container to an inlet of a pump, said reducible volume container having a supply of an adhesive therein;
b) connecting the outlet of the pump to a spray device;
c) actuating the pump; and
d) spraying at least a portion of the adhesive out of the spray device, whereby after spraying said at least a portion of the adhesive from the spray device said reducible volume container having a second volume, said second volume being less than said first volume.

1.一種利用空間可縮小容器將黏膠塗佈至一表面之方法,該空間可縮小容器內部具有第一空間,該方法步驟包括:
a)連接所述空間可縮小容器之配給噴嘴至一壓縮機入口,所述空間可縮小容器內部可獲得黏膠供給;
b)連接該壓縮機的出口至一噴霧裝置;
c)啟動該壓縮機;及
d)從該噴霧裝置噴出至少一部分黏膠,其中在從該噴霧裝置噴出所述至少一部分黏膠之後,所述空間可縮小容器形成一第二空間,所述第二空間小於所述第一空間。

表二、US8,113,385請求項解析

US8,113,385主要請求項

1. A method of dispensing a moisture sensitive adhesive with a mobile applicator system comprising:
a. providing a first package and a second package, each package having an outer container body with a planar top side and a planar bottom side and an inner flexible enclosure that is substantially impermeable to moisture and has an opening enclosed by a cap located above said top side and contains one part of an adhesive;
b. inverting each said package;
c. loading each said package onto a tray of said mobile applicator system so that each said top side rests on said tray in surface-to-surface relationship and each cap is located below the tray;
d. connecting a conduit for communication through each said opening without exposing each said one part to the atmosphere;
e. mixing each said part to form an adhesive; and
f. dispensing said adhesive.

1.一種以一行動式塗佈系統配給濕性黏膠的方法,其包括:
a.提供一第一包裝及一第二包裝,每一包裝具有一外部容器本體,該外部容器本體具有一平面頂側及一平面底側及一內部彈性密封,該內部彈性密封實質上不透水且具有一開口可受一蓋體封蓋,該蓋體位於所述頂側上且包含有一部分黏膠;
b.倒置每一所述包裝;
c.將每一所述包裝載至所述行動式塗佈系統的一托盤上,從而每一所述頂側以面對面接觸方式置於所述托盤上,且每一蓋體位於該托盤之下;
d.連接一導管,以用於導通每一所述開口,而不令每一所述黏膠暴露於大氣中;
e.混合每一所述部分黏膠以形成另一黏膠;及
f.配給所述黏膠。

表三、US 8,132,693請求項解析

US 8,132,693主要請求項

1. A dispensing apparatus for a two-part adhesive comprising:
a cart having a generally planar tray with a first aperture and a second aperture and mounting a pump assembly having a pair of inlets and a pair of outlets communicating with a mixer;
a first package having a generally planar first side and enclosing a first bladder with a first spout and a first opening and containing a first adhesive component, said first spout projecting through said first side;
a second package having a generally planar second surface enclosing a second bladder with a second spout and a second opening and containing a second adhesive component, said second spout projecting through said second side;
said first and second packages each being received on said tray wherein said first and second sides engage said tray and said first spout is received in said first aperture and said second spout is received in said second aperture;
a first conduit disposed below said tray and communicating via a first valved connector assembly between the first opening and one said inlet; and
a second conduit disposed below said tray and communicating via a second valved connector assembly between the second opening and a second said inlet, wherein said first and second adhesive components are pumped by said pump assembly to said mixer and dispensed therefrom.

1.一種用於二部黏膠之配給裝置包括:
具有大致上呈平面托盤的一車體,該托盤具一第一槽孔及一第二槽孔且裝設有一壓縮機總成具有一對入口及連通一混合器的一對出口;
一第一包裝,其具有大致上呈平面的第一側,且密封一第一囊體,該第一囊體具第一注口及第一開口且包含一第一黏膠配料,所述第一注口突穿於所述第一側;
一第二包裝具有一大致上呈平面的第二表面,該第二表面密封一第二囊體,該第二囊體具一第二注口及一第二開口且包含一第二黏膠配料,所述第二注口突穿於所述第二側;
所述第一與第二包裝皆被容置於所述托盤中,其中所述第一與第二側結合於所述托盤,且所述第一注口被容置於所述第一槽孔中,且所述第二注口被容置於所述第二槽孔中;
一第一導管,其設置於所述托盤之下,且透過位於該第一開口與一所述入口間的第一閥連接器總成;及
一第二導管,其設置於所述托盤之下,且透過位於該第二開口及一第二所述入口的第二閥連接器相導通,其中所述第一及第二黏膠配料受所述壓縮機總成壓縮而打入所述混合器,並從其配給出。

表四、US8,167,170請求項解析

US8,167,170主要請求項

1. An adhesive product unit comprising a first packaging module and a second packaging module, each said packaging module comprising:
a carton having a box-like shape with one side having an opening;
a water impermeable enclosure disposed in said carton and having a spout defining a central communication axis and alignable with or disposed in said opening and enclosed by a cap disposed about said axis and having a poppet valve biased forwardly into a closed position and a male fitting extending forwardly from said poppet valve and interiorly forming a flow path from said cap;
said first packaging module having a part 1 component disposed in said enclosure and said part 1 component flows along a generally axial path from said cap upon opening said poppet valve;
said second packaging module having a moisture sensitive part 2 component disposed in said enclosure, and said part 2 component flows along a generally axial path from said cap upon opening said poppet valve,
wherein said part 1 component and said part 2 component are mixable to form an adhesive.

1.一種黏膠產品單元,包括一第一包裝模組及一第二包裝模組,每一所述包裝模組包括:
一容器,其呈一側具開口之類似盒體形狀;
一防水密封,其設置於所述容器中且具有一注口,該注口形成有一中央連通軸線,相對於或位於所述開口中,且藉一蓋體密封;該蓋體位於所述軸線上,並具有一盤形閥壓蓋至一封閉位置,以及一封體從所述盤形閥往前延伸並於內部從所述蓋體形成一流路;
所述第一包裝模組具有一部一配料設置於所述密封內,且所述部一配料在所述盤形閥開啟時大致上沿著軸向路徑從所述蓋體流動;
所述第二包裝模組具有一濕性部二配料設置於所述密封內,且所述部二配料在所述盤形閥開啟時大致上沿著軸向路徑從所述蓋體流動
其中所述部一配料與所述部二配料相混合以形成黏膠。

表五、專利訴訟案件基本資料:OMG, Inc., et al v. ADCO Global, Inc. et al

訴訟名稱 OMG, Inc., et al v. ADCO Global, Inc. et al
提告日期 2012 年 11月7日
原告 OMG, Inc. 及Handy & Harman
被告 ADCO Global, Inc. 及ADCO Products, Inc.
案號 1:2012cv12080
訴訟法院 Massachusetts District Court
系爭專利 US 6,220,526、US 8,167,170
US 8,113,385、US 8,132,693
訴狀下載 download.gif

Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2012/11/26


 
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