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ATTORNEY FEES A defendant in a patent case involving golf clubs was awarded $2.1 million in attorney fees and costs by an Illinois judge on March 31. Vardon Golf Co. accused Karsten Manufacturing Co., the maker of Ping golf equipment, of infringing on two patents related to Vardon’s clubs. Karsten countersued, maintaining not only that it did not infringe on the patents, but that the patents were procured by fraud because Vardon had failed to disclose information to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) about a similarly designed club. In August 2002, the jury found that Vardon had intentionally deceived the PTO. Vardon argued that Karsten’s legal bills were excessive. Vardon Golf Co. Inc. v. Karsten Manufacturing Corp., No. 99-C-2785 (N.D. Ill.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Michael P. Mazza, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: David Roodman and Lawrence Kurland, Bryan Cave, St. Louis; Walter Jones Jr., Pugh, Jones & Johnson, Chicago Source: National Jury Verdict Reporter

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