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Watco Manufacturing Receives Favorable Jury Verdict in Patent Case

On October 27, 2015, WCM Industries, Inc. and its Watco Manufacturing division received a favorable jury verdict in the Western District of Tennessee in connection with its patent infringement case against IPS Corporation.

As stated in Watco’s news release of October 28: The jury verdict found that IPS willfully infringed six patent claims across three of WCM’s patents directed to bath waste and overflow assemblies, and that all six patent claims were valid.  The products found to infringe include IPS’s original and redesigned “Classic” bath waste and overflow products sold under the AB&A brand, including those sold with IPS’s “Press-in trim kit” products.

Watco was represented by Stanley M. Gibson, Chair of the Patent Litigation Group at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, and patent attorney Ian R. Walsworth, Shareholder at Sheridan Ross P.C.


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About Watco Manufacturing
Watco Manufacturing is the leading manufacturer of bathtub products including bathtub drains, bathtub stoppers, bathtub trim kits and bath waste products. Committed to high quality manufacturing, excellent customer service, and ongoing innovation, the company has over 100 patents and is guided by its tagline, “Useful.  Innovation.” Watco is located in Independence, Mo.