Preliminary Injunction Obtained in High-Stakes Patent Litigation

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Hueston Hennigan won a motion for preliminary injunction for ClearOne, Inc. to enjoin competitor Shure Incorporated’s manufacture, marketing, and sale of its MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone product in an infringing manner.

ClearOne is a global provider of audio and visual communication products and services that creates innovative solutions in the installed audio conferencing market. One such solution—ClearOne’s revolutionary U.S. Patent No. 9,813,806—allows ClearOne to offer consumers exclusive access to a beamforming microphone array integrated into a ceiling tile as a single unit. ClearOne sought an injunction to prevent Shure from selling a competing microphone array in an infringing manner.

The Honorable Edmond E. Chang in the Northern District of Illinois granted ClearOne’s preliminary injunction motion, enjoining Shure from further infringement of ClearOne’s ‘806 patent. The order also precludes Shure from encouraging others to use its product in an infringing manner and applies to anyone who is in active concert or participation with Shure or its officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys.

“This is a very significant win for our client ClearOne,” explained partner Douglas J. Dixon. “ClearOne is a small company that believes in fair and vigorous – but legal — competition. The judge’s thorough and detailed order validates ClearOne’s innovative solutions and ensures that it can compete on a level playing field with companies large and small.”

The Hueston Hennigan team is led by partner Douglas J. Dixon and of counsel Christina V. Rayburn, and a team of associates including Sourabh Mishra, Neil G. Anderson, Karen Younkins, and Michael K. Acquah.

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