Dominion Prevails in Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Jury unanimously finds Dominion’s patent is valid and was willfully infringed
RICHMOND, Va., July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Dominion Voltage, Inc. (DVI), a grid optimization subsidiary of Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D), today announced that following a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Dominion won a jury verdict against Alstom Grid, Inc.
The jury unanimously found that Alstom Grid infringed a Dominion-owned patent (U.S. Patent No. 8,437,883 “the patent”), claiming an invention that improves grid efficiency through the use of smart meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for the process of conservation voltage reduction. The patent is one of several patents protecting DVI’s EDGE® product family, an industry leading Volt/VAR optimization solution currently in use by 12 utilities in North America.
The jury also unanimously found that the patent is valid and that Alstom Grid willfully induced infringement through the installation of its distribution management system at a customer location.
In addition, Alstom’s petitions to challenge the validity of Dominion’s patent 8,437,883 and 8,577,510 were denied by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.
“We are extremely pleased with the federal jury’s ruling, which affirms DVI’s position that it has very strong patents protecting EDGE®,” said Todd Headlee, executive director of DVI. “Dominion’s significant investment and focus on smart grid innovation have been key to our success in the development of patented, industry leading solutions. We are committed to taking any action necessary to protect these valuable investments.”
Dominion was represented by Jeffrey K. Sherwood and Salvatore P. Tamburo of Blank Rome LLP.
DVI is a leading provider of grid analytics and control technology, providing solutions for energy efficiency, demand response, Volt/VAR control, and system reliability. DVI’s patented approach plans, manages and validates utilities’ grid optimization programs while delivering significant savings to both utilities and their customers (U.S. patents 8437883, 8577510, 9325174, 9354641, 9367075 and other U.S. and international patents pending). For more information about DVI, visit www.dvigridsolutions.com.
Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 5 million utility and retail energy customers in 14 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com/.