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King Safety Products and Ideal settle patent infringement lawsuit

April 1, 2003
King Safety Products, Inc., St. Charles, Mo., and Ideal Industries, Inc., Sycamore, Ill., have reached an agreement to settle the patent infringement

King Safety Products, Inc., St. Charles, Mo., and Ideal Industries, Inc., Sycamore, Ill., have reached an agreement to settle the patent infringement lawsuit filed by King against Ideal in February 1996. Details of the final agreement are confidential, but according to a press release issued from King Safety Products, King and Ideal will each manufacture and sell several sealant-filled connector products under King's U.S. Patent B15,113,037 and any related North American patents. The press release stated that the '037 patent remains in force and relates specifically to twist-on electrical connectors pre-filled with non-hardening sealants.

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Doug Chandler | Senior Staff Writer

Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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