TriMas Corp. today (Jan. 28) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas granted summary judgment for Cequent Performance Products in a patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation lawsuit filed by MCB Sales & Installation Services Inc.

“Our intellectual property is critical to fostering innovation, and is important to us as a company and to our customers,” said Tom Benson, president of Cequent Performance Products, in a press release. “We take our IP protection seriously and do everything we can to defend it.”

The suit alleged that Cequent infringed a U.S. patent owned by MCB and trade secret misappropriation. Further, MCB sought a declaratory judgment finding that two of Cequent’s design patents, D560,324 and D561,424 for Cequent’s Bulldog Drive Kit, are invalid. The suit also sought money damages and injunctive relief.

According to TriMas, at the pleading stage the court dismissed all of MCB’s claims except for the patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secret claims. After discovery, Cequent moved for summary judgement on those remaining claims.

The court granted summary judgment of no patent infringement and no trade secret misappropriation in favor of Cequent, ordered MCB to pay Cequent’s costs, and entered final judgment dismissing the case in its entirety.