The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has again vacated the judgment that would have required ION to pay more than $93 million to WesternGeco for lost profits from surveys performed by ION’s customers outside of the United States. According to ION, the Federal Circuit Court had the case on remand from the United States Supreme Court, which, in June, ordered the Federal Circuit to determine whether it was appropriate to reinstate the jury’s verdict for lost profits in this case.The lost profits stem from a verdict that ION infringed several patent claims held by WesternGeco.Since the jury verdict, a majority of the patent claims have been found to be invalid by the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Circuit Court, meaning that the patents underlying the claims should never have been granted, ION explained. Of the patent claims that were not invalidated, only one is asserted by WesternGeco to have supported the lost profits award.In its ruling, the Federal Circuit Court remanded to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas to determine whether to hold a new trial as to lost profits.The Federal Circuit Court held that the lost profits award can be reinstated by the District Court if the existing trial record establishes that the jury must have found that the technology covered by the one remaining patent claim was essential for performing the surveys upon which lost profits were based.If the District Court concludes that WesternGeco established at trial, with undisputed evidence, that the remaining claim covers technology that was necessary to perform the surveys, then the District Court may deny a new trial and reinstate lost profits. Otherwise, the District Court must order a new trial.
ORONO — The Ellsworth boys’ indoor track team enjoyed a successful day Saturday at the University of Maine as it finished just one point shy of a first-place finish in the afternoon meet.Tulas Weaver earned two first-place finishes for Ellsworth with times of 6.91 seconds and 24.37 seconds in the 55- and 200-meter dashes, respectively. Beck Deeny also had a pair of individual event wins with first-place finishes in the long jump (19 feet, 11 1/4 inches) and triple jump (41 feet, 7 1/4 inches).In the 55-meter hurdles, Henry Scheff crossed the finish line in 8.40 seconds to beat teammate Jack Sandone by nine-tenths of a second. Deeny, Sandone, Weaver and Mike Kazmierczak took first for Ellsworth in the 4-by-200 relay with a time of 1:39.92. The Eagles finished with 124 points, one behind Hampden Academy’s 125.In the morning meet, Hancock County athletes swept the 800-meter run with Sumner’s Logan Carter (2:12.89) and George Stevens Academy’s Thea Crowley (2:42.99) earning event wins. Johanna Stiles (55- and 200-meter dashes), Addie Morrison (400-meter dash) and Victoria Watkins (high jump) earned runner-up finishes for the third-place Bucksport girls.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLocal teams will be back at UMaine on Saturday, Feb. 1, for the seventh meet of the season. Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island, GSA and Sumner will compete in the morning meet at 9 a.m., and Bucksport will compete in the afternoon meet at 1:30 p.m.
MASON CITY — The City of Mason City has decided to immediately close all playgrounds and shelter houses in the city’s parks. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the closure will be through April 30th at which time the closure will be re-evaluated. City staff will be installing caution tape and fencing around the equipment and shelters in the parks and placing signage as a reminder. Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited. Burnett says the parks and trails, including the dog park, will remain open for recreation purposes, but he reminds people to use social distancing, avoid large gatherings over ten people, and wash your hands with soap and water after any activity.
…relatives of raped teen who raped accused chargedThe 28-year-old miner, who allegedly forced a child to have anal sex with him, and was hours later brutally beaten and reportedly raped by her relatives, made his first court appearance on Thursday and released on $150,000 bail.The Third Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court after he was slapped with a charge of raping of a child under 16 years.When the charge was read the man denied the offence and was subsequently placed on bail. The case will continue on December 27.Meanwhile, the two female relatives of the teen who was raped, who reportedly physically assaulted, stripped, and then forced the wooden handle of a hammer inside of The Third Avenue, Bartica resident’s anus, in retaliation of his rape against their 15-year-old relative, were also hauled before the Court on Thursday.The mother of the child, along with her older daughter, appeared before Magistrate Lambert to each answer to the charges of felonious wounding and rape committed against the 28-year-old miner. Both women denied the charges.They were released on $60,000 bail each for the wounding charge and $150,000 bail each for the rape charge.The cases will continue on December 27.On December 4, tables turned on the Third Avenue, Bartica man after the sister of the underage female with whom he allegedly forcefully had anal sex teamed up with her mother to teach him a lesson.He is the boyfriend of the young girl’s sister and is said to usually visit their home in Bartica, on a regular basis.Reports are that in the wee hours of December 3, the alleged rapist was at the home with the 15-year-old girl consuming alcohol.The teenager, who ended up sitting at the edge of her bed at some point, became intoxicated and it was then the miner reportedly took advantage of her. He reportedly took off her clothing and performed anal sex on her despite her objections.Hours after the incident, the teen made contact with her mother and after notifying the woman about what occurred.After a beating, the suspect allegedly confessed to having sex with the 15-year-old but claimed he had “oral” sex with the girl and not anal sex.The woman and her older daughter allegedly teamed up to rip his clothes off and allegedly forcefully insert the wooden part of the hammer (handle) into his anus.
Burak Yilmaz West Ham are set to return with an improved offer for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz.Slaven Bilic tried to sign the Turkish international in the summer but the Hammers had a £3.5m bid rejected.However, according to Takvim, West Ham will come back with an improved offer in January as they try to bolster their attacking options.Yilmaz, who has scored five times this season, is under contract with Galatasaray until 2019.The 30-year-old is reportedly keen to test himself in one of Europe’s elite leagues and Galatasaray may want to cash in on him before his contract expires. 1