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Pittsburgh, PA, November 13, 2009 — On Thursday, November 12, 2009, a jury of the U.S. Federal Court in Pittsburgh decided that HT Window Fashions had willfully infringed a patent owned by independent inventor Ren Judkins. HT Window Fashions had willfully infringed on United States Patent No. 7,182,120, which was for Tabbed Multi-Cellular Material, by selling its Polaris double cell window shades. The jury also decided that HT Window Fashions could not sell a similar single cell product which, if sold, would infringe another patent held by Mr. Judkins, and awarded him $154,776 in damages.

Mr. Judkins holds more than 70 patents in the window covering field. He lives in Kilbuck Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh. HT Window Fashions, located in the City of Industry, California, was importing the infringing products from Taiwan.

The patented cellular shade product, which has pleats on the front and tabs on the back, has been a commercially successful product for Mr. Judkins’ licensees Flexo Solutions and Nien Made Enterprises. Flexo sells the product under the Symmetry brand.

Mr. Judkins was represented by Lynn J. Alstadt, Samuel Braver and Ralph Fischer of the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.