Panasonic Announces Settlement of US$17.5 Million Judgment Against Getac for Infringement of Design Patents on TOUGHBOOK Detachable Laptops
Panasonic announced today that it has reached a settlement with Getac Technology Corp. and Getac, Inc. (“Getac”) resolving Panasonic’s US$17.5 million patent infringement judgment against Getac, Inc. Panasonic commenced legal proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, case number 8:19-cv-01118, in June 2019, asserting that Getac’s K120 and UX10 products infringed three Panasonic design patents, U.S. Design Patent Nos. D756,998; D766,232; and D785,634 (the “Asserted Patents”).
Subsequently, on June 8, 2022, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Panasonic, confirming the validity of all the Asserted Patents, finding willful infringement by Getac’s K120 and UX10 products, and awarding Panasonic US$17,515,616. The District Court entered judgment accordingly on July 15, 2022.
The Asserted Patents protect the creativity and innovation of Panasonic’s designs such as its TOUGHBOOK® CF-20, the rugged detachable laptop, for which Panasonic has received multiple design awards. Getac began selling its K120 and UX10 products after Panasonic launched its CF-20 and TOUGHBOOK® CF-33 models.
Under the settlement agreement, Getac has agreed to stop selling its accused K120 and UX10 products in the United States after February 1, 2023.
“We are gratified with the judgment and resulting resolution. Panasonic is proud to be an innovator and will continue to actively protect its intellectual property,” said Kiyotaka Yamamoto, Managing Director, Mobile Solutions Business Division of Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd.