17 January 2023
Gentex Corporation Settles Lawsuit with Galvion
CARBONDALE, PA, JANUARY 17, 2023 – On May 17, 2019, Gentex Corporation filed a lawsuit against Galvion in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Civil Action No. 1:19-cv-00921-MN involving helmet systems with integrated or standalone mounting rails.
Gentex asserted infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,849,517, titled “Mounting System for Accessories on a Safety Helmet” and issued on December 14, 2010 (“the ’517 Patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,908,667, titled “Mounting System for Accessories on a Safety Helmet” and issued on March 22, 2011 (“the ’667 Patent”); U.S. Patent No. 9,717,294, titled “Hinged Attachment of Headgear to a Helmet” and issued on August 1, 2017 (“the ’294 Patent”); U.S. Patent No. 10,638,807, titled “Helmet Cover Assembly Having at Least One Mounting Device” and issued on May 5, 2020 (“the ’807 Patent”); U.S. Design Patent No. D750,846, titled “Helmet Mounted Rail” and issued on March 1, 2016 (“the ’846 Patent”); U.S. Design Patent No. D750,847, titled “Helmet Mount” and issued on March 1, 2016 (“the ’847 Patent”).
On June 24, 2022, Gentex and Galvion settled this lawsuit. Among other terms, Galvion obtained a royalty-bearing license to certain Gentex patents for past and future Galvion helmet systems with integrated or standalone mounting rails.
About Gentex Corporation
With a history of innovation that spans over 125 years, Gentex Corporation is a leading supplier of products that advance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense forces, emergency responders and industrial personnel operating in high-performance environments. Our portfolio includes helmet system platforms, hearing protection and communications products, and capability upgrades for defense and security forces sold under the Gentex and Ops-Core brands, as well as PureFlo industrial respiratory protection systems. Privately held, Gentex is headquartered in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and supports its global customers through a worldwide distributor network and six other facilities in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Learn more at www.gentexcorp.com.
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