Fort Wayne, Indiana – According to the Complaint, Magnadyne Corporation (“Magnadyne”), the Plaintiff, and Winegard Company (“Winegard”), the Defendant, are competitors in the recreational vehicle market. Magnadyne claims to have filed a patent application titled “Combination External Vehicle Antenna Housing and Installation Method” on April 2, 2018. Apparently that application published on October 4, 2018 as US2018/0287250A1 (the “‘250 Publication”). The day after the ‘250 Publication was published, Magnadyne claims it provided a copy to Winegard via one of Winegard’s subsidiaries, WiFi Ranger. Thereafter on April 14, 2020, Magnadyne’s patent was issued as United States Patent No. 10,622,709 (the “‘709 Patent”).
Magnadyne claims to have notified Winegard and WiFi Ranger of the ‘709 Patent the day it issued via written communications. Since then, Magnadyne claims Winegard has continued to sell an alleged infringing product, the Air 360+, among other products accused of infringement. Per the Complaint, the sale, manufacture, and use of the Air 360+ directly infringes at least claim 1 of the ‘709 Patent. Magnadyne claims to have suffered damages for direct infringement, contributory infringement, and induced infringement of the ‘709 Patent. Therefore, Magnadyne is seeking a reasonable royalty, compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.
The case was assigned to Chief Judge Jon E. DeGuilio and Magistrate Judge Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. in the Northern District and assigned Case 3:20-cv-00722-JD-MGG.