B&D wins another fight over its SnakeLight

Maryland Watch

November 02, 1996

Black & Decker Corp. defeated another foe of its popular SnakeLight when Coleman Co. Inc. said it will stop selling its flexible flashlight and pay the Towson-based company $2.5 million, company officials said yesterday.

The agreement settles a patent infringement suit filed by Black & Decker against the camping gear company in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.

Combined with wins in other lawsuits, the settlement means SnakeLight will face little competition this holiday season on store shelves. "In the not too distant future, we don't expect there to be anybody else there," said Charles Fenton, Black & Decker's vice president and general counsel.

Black & Decker filed the suit Oct. 25, in the same week it received a broad patent for the overall design of SnakeLight, a light attached to a pliable tube that can be twisted and secured to poles and other items.

The settlement marks Black & Decker's second victory over Coleman. In August, a federal jury found that Coleman infringed on two other SnakeLight patents ordered the company to pay $3.7 million in damages. Coleman has agreed not to appeal that award.

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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