Atlantic Research Mktg. Sys., Inc. v. Troy, No. 11-1002 (Fed. Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff manufactures accessories for small arms weaponry, including handguards that attach to military rifles. Defendant, a distributor who became an employee, signed a nondisclosure agreement, and became familiar with all of plaintiff's products before he was terminated and went into competition with plaintiff. Plaintiff claimed patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court holding that the patent at issue, covering a sleeve for a handgun, was invalid for failing to meet the written description and best mode requirements. Plaintiff introduced sufficient evidence to support a verdict in its favor on Massachusetts law trade secret claims. The district court erred in denying a motion for mistrial and did not take adequate steps to determine whether the presence of a clamp, brought to the jury room by a juror, had a prejudicial effect.