Request for TRO Defeated in High-Stakes Patent Litigation

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Hueston Hennigan won a significant victory defeating Shure’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, allowing ClearOne to continue selling its groundbreaking audio-conferencing products.

ClearOne is a global company that designs and develops conferencing, collaboration, and networked streaming devices. Its customers include Boeing, Toyota, Netflix, Exxon, and Kaiser Permanente.

“This is a very significant win for our client ClearOne,” explained partner Douglas J. Dixon. “ClearOne is a leading innovator in conferencing products, and this dispute with its rival Shure is one of its most significant legal battles. ClearOne won a preliminary injunction against Shure last year in the Northern District of Illinois, and this request for a TRO was Shure’s effort to punch back in a new forum. It failed.”

The Honorable Christopher J. Burke in the District of Delaware agreed with ClearOne that Shure “ha[d] not met [its] burden to show that irreparable harm will result absent the entry of a TRO.” The Court also agreed that ClearOne’s “invalidity challenge based on at least indefiniteness raises a substantial question as to whether the [asserted patent] is valid.”

This is just the latest in the string of many patent victories that Hueston Hennigan has achieved for ClearOne.

The Hueston Hennigan team included Douglas J. Dixon, Christy Rayburn, Karen Younkins, Sourabh Mishra, Neil Anderson, Michael Acquah, and Maxwell Coll.