MILWAUKEE -- Three years ago, Milwaukee Tool filed a lawsuit against Kenosha-based Snap-On Tools over patented, lithium-ion battery technology that the company alleged was used by Snap-On in their products. Seven other companies were also sued.
On Thursday, October 26th, a federal court jury hearing the case against Snap-On Tool in the U.S. Eastern District of Wisconsin reached a verdict, siding with Milwaukee Tool. Documents associated with the verdict indicate the jury ruled Milwaukee Tool is entitled a "reasonable royalty" of $27.8 million.
There were five claims among three different patents in this lawsuit filed by Milwaukee Tool. The verdict of the jury was unanimous.
A spokesperson with Milwaukee Tool issued the following statement in the wake of the verdict:
"Milwaukee Tool will always be committed to delivering innovation that improves productivity for the professional trades. This obsession is a part of our company DNA. The introduction of Lithium-Ion technology to the professional power tool industry was groundbreaking and resulted in multiple patents for our company that we continue to aggressively defend. Yesterday’s jury verdict by the federal court affirms Milwaukee Tool’s leadership in new-to-world technology in cordless tools for the trades."