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Copperhead Industrial Continues Successful Defence of its SPOT WELDING CAP CHANGER Technology

Published July 3, 2018

Copperhead Industrial, Inc. (“Copperhead”) continues to stack up victories as it asserts its patented SPOT WELDING CAP CHANGER technology in the North American marketplace.

On May 9th, 2018, the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board upheld the validity of the claims of U.S. Patent 9,393,639 (“the ’639 Patent”) for a SPOT WELDING CAP CHANGER. In November 2016, Changer & Dresser had filed a petition requesting an Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) of the main claims of the ‘639 Patent. IPRs are often called patent “death squads” because most patents do not survive the intense and highly technical fight. In its final written decision, the Board held that:

“…[the] Petitioner has not demonstrated by a preponderance of the evidence that claims 1, 17, and 35 of the ’639 patent are unpatentable on any ground asserted in the Petition.”

This is the second IPR challenge instituted by Changer & Dresser and successfully defended by Copperhead.

Joe Ruggiero, President of Copperhead and JEC Distributors explains that:

“This win is a testament to our innovation and a win for advanced manufacturing in North America. Our customers demand the latest cutting-edge technologies, to drive cost reduction and ensure the highest quality of the automotive products they manufacture. We will continue to aggressively enforce our intellectual property in the marketplace, to ensure that our innovations are protected.”

Copperhead has been enforcing this patent, and several other related patents, against Changer & Dresser and parent company Kyokutoh (in both the United States and Canada), and against G.E. Schmidt in Ohio. Of particular note are two recent procedural decisions, one in the Canadian Federal Court and one in the Ohio District Court, confirming that Copperhead is the legal owner of the patents at issue. Copperhead has also recently received a Notice of Allowance in another related patent.

More information about those ongoing lawsuits can be found by reviewing the relevant court files.1

About Copperhead

Copperhead Industrial is a leader in the manufacturing of innovation technological solutions for automotive welding. Copperhead has eight granted US and Canadian patents, and a number of related pending patent applications. Their technology has been successfully deployed in the sectors OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier plants throughout North America.


1 In Federal Court in Toronto, Canada: Court File Nos. T-1201-16, T-1817-16, T-1545-17 & T-405-18; in the United States District Court Southern District of Ohio, Western Division: Case No. 1:17-cv-609; and in the United States District Court Western District of New York: Case No. 1:15-cv-00020-WMS-LGF