Conair Group Inc. announced May 4 that rival Novatec Inc. has dismissed its lawsuit that claimed Conair infringed Novatec's patented dual-flow dryer technology.
A news release from Conair indicates the Dryer Wars are now over: Both Novatec and Conair have agreed to dismiss any claims against one another related to the Novatec patent.
Novatec Inc. will continue to market its dual-flow and single-flow Intelli PET and PowerGuard dryers, and Conair will continue to market its dual-flow and single-flow EnergySmart dryers.
Conair officials had no further comment beyond the release.
Conrad Bessemer, president and CEO of Novatec in Baltimore, declined to comment.
According to court documents, the lawsuit was dismissed May 3 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, after both sides agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims. Novatec had filed the patent suit last June.
The Conair vs. Novatec legal battle raged throughout 2009 and at times it got personal. First, Conair filed a patent infringement suit against Novatec in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh that claimed the Intelli PET infringed on its patent. Conair also singled-out Bessemer, who headed a group that bought Novatec after he left Conair. Conair's suit implied that under Bessemer, Novatec developed dryers that mimic Conair dryers.
Conair, based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry Township, dropped its own lawsuit, just 10 weeks after filing it, after Novatec agreed to add a sentence to its product literature and website about the Intelli PET.
But Novatec blasted back, by filing its own patent-infringement suit against Conair that focused on a Novatec patent's way to dry material in a dual-flow hopper using two inlet ports so heated air gets inserted into the hopper at two different levels. Using two separate airstreams boosts the energy efficiency of the dryer.
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