Hesco Bastion Wins Patent Infringement

2008-08-19 09:19:00

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /EMWNews/ -- Hesco Bastion Limited, the

manufacturer of patented Concertainer(R) units used in military force

protection, homeland security and flood protection, announced today that a

U.S. federal court has issued a consent order and judgment, favorably

resolving a case the company brought against Akar Logistics, LLC, a company

in Owings Mills, Maryland.

    Hesco sued Akar in May 2008 in U.S. District Court for the District of

Maryland, alleging that Akar infringed two of Hesco's patents and three of

its trademarks and were improperly using its name on Akar's website.

    As part of the consent order, U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg

enjoined Akar from infringing any of Hesco's patents and trademarks. Akar

also agreed to remove any reference to "Hesco" and "Hesco Bastion" from its

advertising, marketing materials, and website. Akar also paid Hesco's legal

fees. Hesco and Akar mutually agreed to the terms of the settlement and the

court entered the consent order on August 8, 2008.

    "We are very pleased to have quickly settled the case with Akar," said

Tim Bamford, Hesco's lead attorney in the United Kingdom. "We hope that

this serves as a reminder that Hesco will vigorously enforce its

intellectual property rights."

    Hesco was represented by Richard J. Oparil, Scott A.M. Chambers, Ph.D.,

and Kevin M. Bell of Patton Boggs LLP.

    Hesco's patented Concertainer units have become the most popular means

within the military of protecting personnel and facilities against

secondary fragmentation, saving countless lives and mission critical


    The units have been used by military forces including the U.S. Army,

Marine Corps. and Air Force, NATO and the United Nations in major conflict

areas, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Concertainer units were

recently used for flood protection in the Midwest.

    Hesco barriers have been credited with saving dozens of lives in the

July 7th bomb blast at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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