Case Name: JAC-Rack, Inc. v. Unirac, Inc.
Docket Number: 5:2011-cv-12992
Date Filed: 7/12/2011
Judge: Hon. John Corbett O'Meara
Status: Closed

On July 12, 2011 by JAC-Rack, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed suit against Unirac, Inc. (“Defendant”) for declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity of U.S. Patent No. 7,260,918 (“the ‘918 patent”), entitled “Apparatus and Method for Positioning a Module on an Object,” Patent No. 7,748,175 (“the ‘175 patent”), entitled “Method of Manufacturing and Installing a Low Profile Mounting System”; Patent No. 7,766,292 (“the ‘292 patent”), entitled “System for Mounting a Photovoltaic Module to a Surface”; and Patent No. 7,434,362 (“the ‘362 patent”), entitled “System for Removably and Adjustably Mounting a Device on a Surface,” owned by Defendant. Defendant designs, manufactures, markets, and sells commercial/residential solar mounting systems and, upon information and belief, controlled more than a 50% share of the commercial/residential solar-mounting systems market in the United States. Additionally, Plaintiff alleged violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Plaintiff asked for the following relief: a judgment that Plaintiff did not infringe on Defendant’s patents; a judgment that Defendant’s patents were invalid; a permanent injunction against Defendant, preventing Defendant from bringing action against Plaintiff in the future with regard to Defendant’s patents; a judgment that Defendant attempted to enforce the ‘918 and ‘362 patents in bad faith; costs and attorneys’ fees; actual and compensatory damages; treble damages; and any other relief the court saw as proper. On December 13, 2011 Plaintiff filed a Notice of Dismissal with prejudice. On December 14, 2011, the court dismissed the suit.