Taser International Awarded $2.38 Million in Patent Case

Taser International Inc. (TASR), a maker of stun-weapons for police and the military, was awarded $2.38 million in damages from Karbon Arms LLC for infringement of three patents, avoiding a trial set to start today.

U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews in Wilmington, Delaware, signed an order agreed to by both companies that said Tampa, Florida-based Karbon Arms infringed and Scottsdale, Arizona-based Taser deserved the award and a permanent injunction blocking sales of the Karbon MPID weapon.

“The parties desire to avoid a trial,” Andrews wrote in his order. Karbon Arms waived the right to appeal,

Taser said Jan. 8 it received multiple orders in the last quarter from police in Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, California and other states. The company contends it has saved more than 118,000 lives from use of the non-lethal weapons.

Steve Tuttle, a Taser spokesman, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the case. Nobody was immediately available at Karbon Arms to comment. Pilar Kraman, an attorney for Karbon Arms, didn’t immediately return an e-mail.

The case is Taser International v. Karbon Arms, 11-cv-00426, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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