An Orem company won a massive patent infringement lawsuit Thursday against Vita-Mix Corp.
A jury found that Vita-Mix infringed on the patent owned by K-Tec Inc., the company behind the Blendtec "Will it blend" blenders. K-Tec Inc. filed a lawsuit against Vita-Mix in 2006, alleging that the company directly infringed on K-Tec's patent for the "Blending Jar Apparatus with Truncated Wall," according to the original complaint in the case.
According to the complaint, K-Tec obtained the patent on Dec. 27, 2005, after which Vita-Mix actively sold blending jars that infringed on K-Tec's patent. In the complaint, K-Tec asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction preventing Vita-Mix from making, using or selling the blending jars. The company also said it is entitled to the profits Vita-Mix made by infringing on the patent.
A jury unanimously decided Thursday that Vita-Mix willfully infringed on the patent. The jury also decided K-Tec is entitled to $8.9 million in lost profits, as well as other royalties.