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Axinn Achieves Win for Canadian Inventor
July 7, 2015

Axinn successfully obtained the dismissal of a complaint brought in the Eastern District of Virginia by two affiliates of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a public water infrastructure company, against Robert Teti, a Canadian inventor. The complaint sought a declaratory judgment that certain Mueller products did not infringe Teti’s patents, that Teti was not a co-inventor with respect to a Mueller patent, and that Mueller had not misappropriated Teti’s confidential information. Axinn moved to dismiss on the grounds that Mueller’s claims were moot and improperly duplicative of the Canadian pending litigation brought by Teti against Mueller in the Superior Court of Ontario. Shortly after briefing was complete, and before the court could rule, the Mueller plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their complaint. The Axinn team consisted of Don Hawthorne and Felix Gilman.