3M and Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) have reached settlement on patent infringement litigation brought by 3M regarding its paint preparation product system.
The suit, settled last week, was filed in June 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; 3M is headquartered in St. Paul.
3M claimed that ITW, which manufactures DeVilbiss DeKups, had infringed on 3M’s patents for paint preparation system products. DeKups is a line of disposable cups that feed paint sprayers. The system is used for mixing and preparing refinishing material before spraying it.
Under the terms of the agreement, the specifics of which are confidential, ITW has acknowledged the validity and enforceability of 3M’s patent rights and has taken a license under 3M patents. In addition, the parties have entered into a supply agreement under which 3M will supply a portion of ITW’s DeKups system.
3M manufactures and sells a disposable-cup paint mixing system under the brand name PPS.
ITW did not respond to a request for comment on the settlement.