Case Name: Hitkansut, LLC et al. v. UT-Battelle, LLC
Docket Number: 2:11-cv-15598-NGE-MAR
Date Filed: 12/21/2011
Judge: Hon. Nancy G. Edmunds
Status: Closed
Disclaimer: Dickinson Wright PLLC represents the Plaintiffs in this matter

            Hitkansut, LLC and Aceledyne Technologies, Ltd., LCC (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed suit against UT-Battelle, LLC for patent infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,175,722 (“the ‘722 Patent”), entitled “Concurrently applying heat and vibration; oscillation.” The ‘722 Patent generally relates to methods for modifying a physical property of a structure, such as reducing or relieving internal stress, in which multiple energy sources are concurrently applied to the structure to change the physical property of interest in an accelerated fashion. The ‘722 Patent is also known as the “Walker Process” and is utilized in connection with automotive components.

The Plaintiffs demanded a jury trial and requested declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. Ultimately, the Plaintiffs determined that the proper forum for this lawsuit was the United States Court of Federal Claims and on May 7, 2012, the Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the action without prejudice to assert the claims of infringement in another action.