Jet Dock wins patent case

CLEVELAND – The drive-on, dry-docking boat-management system patent of Cleveland-based Jet Dock Systems Inc., was successfully upheld recently in U.S. District Court. It was Jet Dock’s fifth successful judgment since its founding in 1993, the company said in a recent release.

In a judgment issued by Federal District Court Judge Solomon Oliver Jr., Jet Dock was awarded $454,125 in damages from defendant Zeppelin Marine Inc., according to Jet Dock’s attorney, F. Thomas Vickers of the law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP.

Jet Dock Vice President W. Allan Eva III was pleased the court upheld the protection to his company’s invention. He said that previous Jet Dock defendants settled out of court or defaulted. A sixth case is scheduled for trial in U.S. District Court in Cleveland later this summer, according to the company.

“The U.S. Patent laws are designed to give small business owners and inventors a chance in the marketplace. We’re thrilled to have our innovation protected, for the good of our company, our staff and our families’ future,” Eva III said.

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