ITASCA, ILL. — Fast-growing injection molder Shieldmate Robotics Inc. of Itasca was released Nov. 7 from trade-infringement litigation between two competing wireless-phone customers.
Motorola Inc. agreed to dismiss the processor from a federal suit in which Motorola accuses Qualcomm Corp. of infringement of a trade dress and design patent, unfair competition and consumer fraud.
U.S. District Judge Napoleon A. Jones Jr. signed the dismissal order in San Diego. Motorola filed the suit in March.
Shieldmate molds palm-sized plastic housings for the StarTac phone from Motorola's cellular subscriber sector in Libertyville, Ill., and the ``Q'' phone from Qualcomm's subscriber products division in San Diego.
In a telephone interview, Steve Matecki, Shieldmate president, expressed relief at the dismissal, but would not discuss the suit.
Since May, Shieldmate has boosted employment to 750 from 550. The company operates 47 presses with clamping forces of 40-500 tons.
Matecki said Shieldmate has added several presses this year, but he declined to quantify the increase.